It appears the real Jacob deGrom has been found. Backed by three home runs and four double plays, deGrom dominated the Cubs, 6-1, in the second complete game of his career.
“This was definitely big,” deGrom said. “I struggled in those last two starts, but I had to put that behind me.”
DeGrom gave up 15 runs in his previous two starts and concluded his front shoulder was flying open, a flaw he corrected by tucking his glove against his hip on the delivery to the plate.
“I was trying to stay within myself and not do too much. I concentrated on keeping the ball down and trying to get groundballs.”
Of the 27 outs, deGrom got 17 on the ground, including 4-6-3 double plays in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
DeGrom was in such command that the only question was whether manager Terry Collins would let him go nine. He had 106 pitches through eight and needed only ten in the ninth to finish his masterpiece.
“[I came in after the eighth inning] and said I wanted to finish,” said deGrom, who gave up one run on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts.
CABRERA MAKES STATEMENT: With two homers, Asdrubal Cabrera made a statement he’s not done yet.
Cabrera’s defense has been shaky – he committed another error tonight – but he made two sparkling plays Sunday. He also made a scintillating play in the seventh inning when he made a sliding, backhanded play to throw out Javier Baez.
The Mets needed a replay challenge to get the out, which turned out to be important because the next hitter, Addison Russell, homered.
CESPEDES NOT READY: The Mets have to baby Yoenis Cespedes as it is clear he wasn’t ready to come off the disabled list. He left the game in the fifth with a sore left heel.
He’s been told not to run hard if he thinks he will be out, and the Mets have to give him extra rest, which means they’ll have to play shorthanded.
Collins said Cespedes is scheduled to play tomorrow night, but my guess is he will sit.
The Mets’ best move would be to put Cespedes back on the disabled list for another two weeks. Better that than have him reinjure his hamstring and have him miss at least a month.
METS DRAFT LEFTY: With the 20th selection in the amateur draft, the Mets selected Oregon lefthander David Peterson.
Peterson, 6-6 and 240 pounds, went 11-4 with a 2.51 ERA this season, and had a 20-strikeout game against Arizona State. Overall, he had 140 strikeouts and 125 walks in 100.1 innings.
“He has been a tremendous man since he stepped foot on campus,” Oregon coach George Horton told The Register-Guard. “I always feel blessed as a coach to be around quality humans like him and when they perform spectacularly like that to go with what kind of a young man he is, that’s great. I hope everything goes well for him in the draft, and he gets what he wants because he deserves everything he gets.”
EXTRA INNINGS: With a double and homer, Bruce is on pace to have 84 extra-base hits this season which would set a club record. Bruce also added an eighth-inning single. … The Mets have beaten the Cubs in seven straight games at Citi Field.
UP NEXT: Zack Wheeler (3-3, 3.45, 1-0, 1.35 ERA lifetime vs Cubs) gets the ball tonight. Wheeler is 8-13 with a 4.38 lifetime at Citi Field. … He is coming off a no-decision in his last start despite giving up one run in seven innings last Wednesday against the Rangers.