The strength and tough attitude of Jacob deGrom was not enough for the Mets to win their game against the Miami Marlins as they fell 2-1.
While he did not toss as fantastic a start as his last time out, deGrom was efficient enough to be able to take care of the Marlins. In his last start, deGrom fanned 13 due to terrific accuracy with his pitches, and a low pitch count to boot. It was a little bit of a different story against the Marlins. While deGrom struck out nine, he had to put more effort than usual into getting his batters out. Often against the Marlins, deGrom had to battle against leadoff baserunners and multiple full counts. Through seven innings though, he threw 109 pitches, walked two, and allowed only four hits.
Offense came at a premium on the evening, and it was provided by a single swing. Brandon Nimmo ripped a home run in the bottom of the fifth. Nimmo was the best bat in the Mets lineup, as he reached base three times. My Gut Reaction is that Nimmo needs to keep getting starts, even if it is a lefty pitching. The more exposure he gets to lefty pitching, the better he will be prepared to battle against them. Also producing hits for the Mets tonight were Jay Bruce, Adrian Gonzalez, and Amed Rosario.
Out of the bullpen is where the Mets started to falter. After a solid inning from Seth Lugo, Jeurys Familia came into the ninth inning to try to close the game. He was unable to do so, as he allowed the Marlins to scratch two runs across on back to back RBI singles from J.T Realmuto and Starlin Castro.
This loss was a back-breaker for the Mets, as the schedule ahead becomes increasingly difficult. They will travel to face the Brewers and Braves before hosting the Cubs. Following the loss, the Mets dropped to 24-21. Tomorrow at 8:10, the Mets will face Zach Davies as Steven Matz takes the hill in Milwaukee.