The Mets (18-10) swept the Orioles (12-13) in their two game interleague series and get another day off tomorrow as they head to Philadelphia to take on the bottom feeding Phillies. The Mets won by a final of 5-1 tonight. Jacob deGrom was back on his game tonight and was backed up by some solid defense and power from the offense. They are now 16-0 when leading after 8 innings.
Jacob deGrom (3-3) found his groove tonight after back-to-back subpar outings (the worst two of his young career). He came out of the gate throwing bullets and mowing down Orioles. He was sitting in the mid-90’s with his fastball and had good movement on his off-speed pitches, although not with the control we are used to seeing from him. deGrom ran into some trouble in the 5th and unlike his last two starts, he was able to keep his composure and work through trouble and then get an additional two shutout innings as well. In total, deGrom pitched 7 effective innings, scattering 6 hits, allowing 1 earned run, 1 walk and 9 strikeouts. His ERA now sits at 2.95, which after his last two starts is more than impressive.
Dilson Herrera broke out of his mini slump since being called up to the Mets in a big way tonight. He tied a career high with three hits and contributed with a home run and three RBI’s (also matching a career high set last season). While he has improved the defense up the middle since his call-up last week, he was known more for his offense, and that offense finally showed up from Las Vegas for the first time tonight. If his bat can stay as consistent as his defense, quite the conundrum will present itself when Wright is ready to return in the next 7-10 days.
Curtis Granderson is coming around. Leading off the game, he took Jimenez to the wall, missing a home run by about 3 feet. Clearly not pleased with the result of that at-bat, he stepped up in the bottom of the third inning and hit a line drive solo shot into the right field stands to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Best part of that home run being Jim Breuer calling it while doing a spot in the booth with Ron and Gary, despite the lack of hits (damn you BABIP!) Granderson has shown a great eye at the plate all season as evidenced by his 18 walks and nearly .350 on base percentage (.239 AVG). If he can start getting hot in coordination with Wright’s return, this team could be in line for another solid winning streak.