Jacob deGrom gave the Mets another outstanding start and the offense contributed just enough to give him his third straight win, this one a 3-1 victory over the Phillies Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.
With fellow CY Award candidates Aaron Nola and Max Scherzer pitching very well yesterday, deGrom not only held serve – he upped the ante. He pitched a complete game, with one unearned run and nine strikeouts. Facing the last batter of the game, he registered a pitch at 99 miles per hour. The game ended with a grounder to Wilmer Flores and I think I speak for all Mets fans when I say I was glad to see Flores race to the bag rather than risk a throwing error. The outing lowered deGrom’s ERA to 1.71 for the season and put his record above .500 at 8-7.
While deGrom was the clear star of the game, Jeff McNeil had a good day, too. He singled, stole a base and scored the Mets’ first run in the fourth inning. Then in the fifth, he made a highlight-reel defensive play, as he covered some ground before making a diving stop. And with the speedy Odubel Herrera running, he made an extremely quick throw, which just beat the diving – what a maroon – Herrera. And to top it off, he delivered an RBI triple in the sixth inning, a ball hit to the deepest part of the park that hit midway up the wall.
Devin Mesoraco, who essentially catches all of deGrom’s starts now, also delivered a solo homer.