Jacob deGrom slayed the snakes with 13 strikeouts and Michael Conforto led the way with four hits for a 3-1 victory. The game was a bit closer than it should have been as the Mets failed to add insurance in the eighth, stranding the bases loaded. Thankfully, Jeurys Familia was able to lock it down, retiring the meat of the Diamondbacks’ lineup in order for his 12th save.
Well, deGrom, certainly proved there were no lingering effects from his hyperextended elbow issue as he delivered one of the most dominant starts of his career. Throwing exactly 100 pitches, 71 for strikes, our ace was in control from the get go and probably could have gone another inning, but Coach Mickey Callaway handed the ball to Robert Gsellman in the 8th who set down the side in order. deGrom did not walk a batter and allowed one run on six hits through seven. He did a masterful job mixing pitches and location. His 13 strikeouts were a season high for any Mets pitcher and matched his own career high. His ERA now sits at a sterling 1.75 and his record an unblemished 4-0. Also among the league leaders in strikeouts, if deGrom keeps this up, he’ll join the Cy Young race.
Other than Conforto, the Mets lineup didn’t contribute much, though Wilmer Flores a double and walk. Adrian Gonzalez beat the shift with a bunt base hit to the left side – something Jay Bruce might want to try as well. With Juan Lagares joining Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list, the Mets went with an all lefty outfield, which may be the norm for a while. Hopefully, Bruce and Brandon Nimmo can get their bats going now, though they both got on base via the walk in this game.