Cardinals 6 Mets 2
Jacob deGrom is no longer the bomb.
Mets Game Notes
Rough game for deGrom, as he was battered for 6 runs on 12 hits and 2 walks in 4 1/3 innings.
During the pregame, Ron Darling was effusive in his praise for deGrom, saying, “he has been outstanding all season, all of his starts have been great, some of them have been real good, some have been excellent …” Wait, what? Even before this ballgame, it would be a stretch to call deGrom’s season “outstanding,” and to describe “all” of his starts as “great” or “real good” (sic). Mind you, I really like deGrom, but I’m also grounded in reality. I would describe his season as “pleasantly surprising,” “encouraging,” and maybe, “occasionally showing flashes of brilliance.” Yes, deGrom’s MLB debut was very good, maybe, excellent. His second game was good — it was a “quality start.” His third start looked nice in that he threw 6 2/3 shutout innings, but he also allowed 10 baserunners (5 hits, 5 walks). The next start was mediocre, and the start previous to this one was so-so. Am I being too harsh? I don’t know why things like this annoy me. Maybe it’s because I wonder how we are supposed to describe performances that truly are “outstanding.” For example, if deGrom was “outstanding” in his first six starts, how might we describe Fernando Valenzuela‘s first six MLB starts — which were 6 complete games, including 4 shutouts, and only two runs allowed in total? I feel like our society has turned superlatives into not-so-super terms. Louis CK explains how I feel here.
Terry Collins debuted his “pitcher batting eighth” lineup — which he threatened to use during spring training — citing it as a way to have a “second leadoff man” in Eric Young, Jr., and also because deGrom is one of the Mets’ best-hitting pitchers. OK. Whatever. It didn’t work this time, but Collins may do it again. The way the Mets are hitting this year, I’m not sure it matters either way.
The Mets were 2-for-8 with RISP, while the Cardinals were 6-for-9.
Mets hitters were uber-aggressive early on, particularly in the first frame, when they went down 1-2-3 on 5 pitches. In contrast, in the bottom of the first, the Cardinals made deGrom throw 21 pitches before sitting down.
Interestingly, both teams saw exactly 145 pitches.
Because the pitcher bats eighth, Ruben Tejada bats seventh. Not sure how I feel about that. Though, it’s better than Tejada leading off.
Next Mets Game
Mets and Cardinals do it again on Tuesday night at 8:15 PM RCT. Jonathon Niese faces Michael Wacha.
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