Another day, another game Jacob DeGrom dominates and the Mets lose. DeGrom pitched amazing this afternoon against the Miami Marlins. He threw 8 innings, struck out 14, and only let up one run. Despite his dazzling performance, the Mets lost the game 3-0. In two starts this season, DeGrom has fanned 21 hitter and only let up 1 run. However, the Mets are 0-2 in those games. It is beyond comical with what is happening with the Mets when DeGrom pitches.
Jacob DeGrom has never gotten run support from his offense, especially in recent seasons. Since Jacob DeGrom has elevated his game to the next level in 2018, he has a 2.06 ERA. However, the Mets have a record of 36-42 in those games. In other words, despite DeGrom barely giving up any runs since 2018, the Mets are under .500 in his starts. That is simply unbelievable and borderline impossible. There is nothing more that DeGrom can do. For whatever reason, the bats go silent when he pitches.
Jacob deGrom: 14 Ks, 0 BB, 1 R and in line for the loss at the moment.
That stat line – including the loss – has only ever happened ONCE in MLB history.
James Shields (15 Ks, 0 BB, 1 R) lost to the O's on 10/2/12.
— Jason Catania (@JayCat11) April 10, 2021
Struggling with RISP
The story of the season so far for the Mets is their inability to get the timely hit. They have been struggling immensely with runners in scoring position. Michael Conforto has been the reason for a lot of that. In his first three at bats today, Conforto was 0-3 with 3 strikeouts. Two of those came with a runner on third and less than two outs. He is 0 for his last 11 with 5 strikeouts and a double play. For someone who is playing for a new contract, Conforto is not doing himself any favors with the team and the fans.
Michael Conforto really hearing it from the Citi Field crowd now as he's late on a fastball. Conforto is 0-for-3 with three swinging strikeouts, two of those with a runner on third base and less than two outs.
Conforto is 0-for-his-last-11 with five strikeouts and a double play.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 10, 2021
While Conforto is getting most of the attention, the whole offense has been struggling. Alonso struckout in the first inning after Conforto with a runner on third. In addition, Jeff McNeil had only one hit on the season. That was Thursday’s game tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
It will get better Mets fans
The Mets had very high expectations coming into this season and rightly so. However, fans are are ready to jump ship only five games into the season. I would say the exact same thing if the team started 5-0. The bats will wake up, the bullpen will even out, and the Mets will win ball games in dominant fashion. There are 157 games left in the season. Five games is not enough to know what this team really is. This team will perform and they will perform at a high level. The lineup is too good and too deep to be held down for an entire season. In other words, the Mets have too many good players to be a bad team. Things take time. We would not be freaking out if they went 2-3 in a five game stretch in June. However, because it is the start of the season, struggles are amplified.
Like I mentioned above, this team is too good to be held down all year. The bats will wake up and they will perform like we all expect them too. I understand fans are frustrated. That comes with being a Mets fan. However, there is a reason why the whole league was excited for the Mets. Come the end of the season, the Mets will be at the top of the standings like we expected them to be.
-Pete Chatterton (@Pchat12)
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