After having their six-game winning streak snapped Friday night, the New York Mets got the job done in game two of an important series with the Philadelphia Phillies. Anchored by dominance from Jacob deGrom, the Mets won 1-0 at Citi Field Saturday night.
The Mets are now 34 games over .500 with a 74-40 record. They are now 16-3 over their last 19 games. In the NL East, the Mets currently have a 5.5-game lead on the Atlanta Braves.
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Jacob deGrom completes six scoreless innings:
The performance from deGrom was exactly what the Mets needed to avoid losing this divisional series in just game two at home. For the second start in a row, deGrom threw 76 pitches. This time, he was able to get through six full innings.
deGrom allowed two hits and recorded 10 strikeouts. He retired 16 Phillies batters in a row in this dominant start. deGrom continues to further prove through each of his first three starts, he is still one special starting pitcher.
The one run the Mets got across, along with three scoreless from the bullpen, was enough for deGrom to get his second win in a row. deGrom is now 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA.
Following deGrom’s expected excellence, Seth Lugo, Trevor May, and Edwin Diaz all pitched a scoreless inning. In shocking fashion, Diaz was in the biggest jam out of the three, his first in quite some time.
Lugo threw 15 pitches on May 14. Lugo allowed one hit and had a strikeout. May had an impressive inning with two strikeouts and no base runners allowed.
Surprisingly, Diaz struggled with command of his slider. It led to two walks. With the Mets allowing the two base runners to steal, with two outs and two strikes, the Phillies had runners on second and third to potentially take the lead.
In the end, Diaz was able to locate his slider perfectly, low and away from Nick Castellanos, and record his lone strikeout on the night. Diaz had to work with 25 pitches thrown in the ninth inning. Now, Diaz is up to 27 saves on the year (third in the MLB) and 200 for his career.
New York Mets struggle hitting for the second straight night:
The Mets batting order had just four hits against Aaron Nola, who was incredible as well. All of the damage was done by the Mets lineup in the first two innings.
It started with Starling Marte hitting one well to opposite field for a single. He then stole second. With two outs in the first inning, Pete Alonso hit one to opposite field himself for an RBI single. Alonso is now up to 97 RBIs for the year. He remains second in baseball with his 97 runs batted in.
The final two hits came from Jeff McNeil and Luis Guillorme, both of which were in the second inning. McNeil also reached base with a walk in this one. His batting average remains at .307, seventh in baseball.
Aside from the first two innings, it was a huge struggle for the Mets lineup to even get on base. However, the pitching was fantastic across the board, and one run was all that was needed for the Mets to win.