For his second straight start, Jacob deGrom didn’t make it through the sixth. He gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in 5.1 innings.
Unquestionably, he was hurt by Wilmer Flores’ sixth error of the year. However, sometimes a pitcher has to bail out his defense and deGrom let the inning get away from him.
Winning pitchers – and don’t forget deGrom is still young – must learn to minimize the damage and close out innings. DeGrom didn’t do that tonight.
On the flip side, Mets’ hitters weren’t able to do anything after the first.
Nationals 5, Mets 3 (8th)
Someday, Stephen Strasburg might become a star, but he’s not pitching like it these days.
The Mets got to him for a pair of runs in the third on Kevin Plawecki’s RBI double and run-scoring single by Curtis Granderson.
Yes, Strasburg was injured and had Tommy John surgery, but he’s regressed and after going 15-6 in 2012, but is 23-22 since, including 1-2 this year.
Meanwhile, Jacob deGrom has thrown three perfect innings.
Mets 2, Nationals 0 (3rd)
Here are the starting lineups for the Mets and Nationals for tonight’s game at Citi Field:
Curtis Granderson, RF
Juan Lagares, CF
Lucas Duda, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, LF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Eric Campbell, 3B
Wilmer Flores, SS
Kevin Plawecki, C
Jacob deGrom, RHP
Denard Span, CF
Yunel Escobar, 3B
Jayson Werth, LF
Bryce Harper, RF
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
Wilson Ramos, C
Ian Desmond, SS
Danny Espinosa, 2B
Stephen Strasburg, RHP
Here are the starting pitchers for this weekend’s Mets-Nationals series at Citi Field:
Thursday: RHP Jacob deGrom (2-2, 2.96) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-2, 4.88), 7:10 p.m. ET
Friday: RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 3.04) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-2, 1.26), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: LHP Jon Niese (2-1, 2.74) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-2, 5.01), 7:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: RHP Dillon Gee (0-1, 4.26) vs. RHP Doug Fister (1-1, 3.28), 1:10 p.m. ET
Bartolo Colon seems to have corrected what bothered him in the first and is keeping the ball down. He pitched around the muff by Wilmer Flores, who clearly tried to rush the play on Ichiro Suzuki’s grounder.
Thanks to a RBI hit from Lucas Duda, he has tamed the Marlins.
By the way, Curtis Granderson is heating up and doing more than drawing walks.
Mets 3, Marlins 2 (6th)