For the first time in what seems to be a millennia, the New York Mets were able to give starting pitcher Jacob deGrom solid run support, as they defeated the Washington Nationals 4-1.
While the final line seems like it was a peachy outing for deGrom, he had to work his way through a rough second inning which saw him give up his only run of the game. With a first and third with no one out situation, deGrom relented a sac fly to Ryan Zimmerman that at the time tied the game at 1-1. deGrom instantly picked up the pieces, and recorded a pickoff to end the inning eventually.
After that, he was his normal dominant self, not facing any real threat throughout the rest of the game. His final line was seven innings pitched, with three hits and an earned run allowed. He recorded eight strikeouts and only conceded one walk over his 98 pitches. My Gut Reaction is that if he puts up another start like he did tonight in Atlanta, he will earn the Cy Young Award.
The offense, feeling the urgency of providing runs for deGrom, truly stepped it up to give him support. The best offensive performance came from Jay Bruce, who has been hot since his return from injury. Bruce had an RBI single in the top of the first to drive in Amed Rosario, and then an RBI double in the top of the third to drive in Michael Conforto. The other runs were both driven in in the third inning as well, via a Devin Mesoraco double and a Dom Smith single.
Brandon Nimmo, who got hit by a pitch in addition to his normal walk per game, continued his climb up the OBP leader board. He’s behind Paul Goldschmidt for second place in the National League by .001.