Phew. I mean, after those last two games I thought this team was dead in the water. Oh no, that wasn’t me, that was all you crazy fans standing on the edge of the interwebs claiming the season was over because we had two terrible back-to-back games against the NL best Cardinals. The Mets (24-18) shut-out the Cardinals (27-14) by a score of 5-0 to split the four game set and show that when the pitchers are on, they can contend no matter what type of offense they receive. Luckily today’s offense was better than the last two games combined.
Jacob deGrom (5-4, 2.75), who reportedly has been suffering from hip and shoulder discomfort over the last several weeks, built upon his last outing and completely manhandled the Cardinals this afternoon hurling 8 shutout innings and just 1 hit. He retired 23 in a row and finished with 11 strikeouts and no walks. With him back in tow and Harvey doing what Harvey does, this team will stay in the thick of things all season because losing streaks should never be allowed to spiral out of control with that level of pitching.
Lucas Duda found his power stroke today. He launched a solo home run that put the Mets up 2-0 at the time and later in the 8th inning hit a 3-run shot. The most impressive part of the two homer game is that they both came off of a lefty. Whatever Kevin Long has taught Duda when facing lefties has worked, and worked quickly and extremely well. Lucas now has 5 homers and 19 batted in to go along with a .302 batting average. Against lefties this season, Duda already has 4 home runs in 44 at-bats and is sitting pretty with a .409 batting average.