Definitely not a fan of the west coast trips, but nothing sweeter than waking up to a victory, and a deGrominant one at that. The Mets (29-23) went out west and thanks to deGrom, and some timely hitting, blanked the Padres (25-28) 7-0 in the series opener. deGrom may have had his best road start of his career and the bats, thanks to the insertion of Tejada as the everyday third baseman, have come alive to provide some much needed support. Little known fact, I have a Ruben Tejada road gray Mets jersey, and wear it proudly!
Jacob deGrom (6-4, 2.41) has cured his road woes, at least for a night, as he blanked the Padres and their re-tooled offense to the tune of 0 runs, 2 hits, 8 strikeouts and 0 walks. The Mets got a run early on in the first, and that would be all they needed to aid deGrom’s performance. Too bad they couldn’t save the other 6 runs for tonight’s starting pitcher. deGrom has really turned around his season since his shaky up-and-down start and now looks back to exactly where he was in his impressive rookie of the year campaign. In 11 starts, deGrom now has 71 strikeouts over 71 innings pitched and just 13 walks to lead him to an impressive 0.99 WHIP.
Ruben Tejada has been a jolt of energy for this offense and stability for the defense. He got the scoring started last night, after reaching on a one out double in the first, and later scoring on a Daniel Murphy RBI single down the left field line. He finished with 3 hits and 2 runs and raised his average to .274. If he continues to show patience, have good at-bats and get on base, he is the perfect two-hole hitter until the team gets healthy and their big guns return.
Daniel Murphy. Can someone say En Fuego!?! This guy has done nothing but hit since the calendar turned to May, and even though we are now in June, the bat has not cooled off. After hitting .330 in May, Murphy kept the momentum going into June by contributing with 4 more hits, including a home run. He scored 3 runs and knocked in 3 runs last night as he raised his average to .286 on the season. He now has 4 homers and 29 RBI for someone who didn’t hit a lick in the entire month of April.