After Friday Blizzard Mets Split
Saturday Twin Bill at Coors Field
Teammates Rally Together in Support of Jacob deGrom's Near Record Effort
Making his third start of this young season, Jacob deGrom puts forth something more than just another dominating effort. In facing 23 Colorado batters, he hurls 99 pitches with 67.6% going for strikes. His line reads three unearned runs on three hits and just one walk with 14 strikeouts through six innings pitched. It marks his second straight start with 14 strikeouts. But this performance against the Rockies is so much more special than that.
Jacob registers his first strikeout to end the first, then fans the side in the second. He again strikes out the side in the third and yet again in the fourth, giving him nine consecutive strikeouts, eight of which are of the swing-and-miss variety. Jacob now lay within one strikeout of matching Tom Seaver's 51-year old year record of ten consecutive strikeouts set on April 22, 1970, against the San Diego Padres.
But Colorado third baseman Josh Fuentes has other ideas when he grounds to second leading off the fifth and reaches safely on Jeff McNeil's errant throw to first. And wouldn't you know, Jacob strikes out the next batter he faces. Afterwhich, trouble comes knocking at the door. Catcher Dom Nunez triples off the right-field wall scoring Fuentes, and pinch-hitter Yonathan Daza's sacrifice fly to right field scores, Nunez. Left fielder Raimel Tapia then homers, giving the Rockies a 3-1 lead. Jacob finally fans second baseman Ryan McMahon to retire the side.
Pete Alonso who back in the third inning drove home Jacob deGrom with the game's first run, homers leading off the top of the sixth, cutting the Mets deficit to one. Jacob deGrom, in his final inning of work, retires the Rockies in order with two more strikeouts. In the top half of the seventh, runs batted in by Jonathan Villar and Francisco Lindor put Jacob deGrom back on the winning side of the game.
Edwin Diaz then slams the door shut on the Colorado Rockies, needing just 13 pitches to strike out the side, all swinging. While earning his first save of the season, Diaz likewise locks down deGrom's first victory in three tries. The deGrominator evens his record at 1-1 with a glistening 0.45 ERA through 20 innings pitched to date.
The results of game two at Coors Field on Saturday do not escape me. The fact they were a mere 2 for 23 at the plate with just two walks and six strikeouts albeit against a representative German Marquez is more than I care to know. Otherwise, Joey Lucchesi's second appearance and first start for the Mets proved troublesome as did that of reliever Jacob Barnes. The Rockies struck for three runs in the first inning and the rest is, as they say,
... you know, Metsian.