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)
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)
Situational hitting was a problem for the Mets in recent seasons, but that wasn’t the case today when they jumped on C.C. Sabathia in a four-run fourth. Juan Lagares had a two-out, RBI triple and scored on Wilmer Flores. Lagares and Flores extending the inning set up Kevin Plawecki‘s two-run homer, the first of his career.
In their dugout one sensed the Mets looking at Matt Harvey and thinking, “O.K., big guy, you have a lead, now hold it.”
I like how Harvey went after the Yankees as he eschewed the strikeout and challenged them to put the ball in play. By the way, that was nice sliding catch by John Mayberry Jr., in left to end the inning.
Mets 5, Yankees 1 (5th)
Here’s tonight’s lineup for the Mets against the Yankees in the Bronx.
Curtis Granderson – RF
Juan Lagares – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Michael Cuddyer – DH
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Eric Campbell – 3B
Wilmer Flores – SS
Kevin Plawecki – C
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – LF
Jacob deGrom – RHP
COMMENTS: In previous seasons the Mets might have considered giving Lucas Duda the night off as the designated hitter. Frankly, his defense has been exceptional to think that way right now. He’s become a presence at the plate and in the field. … I like Cuddyer as the DH tonight as it gives Nieuwenhuis a chance to play in the field. … I don’t think they’ll play Granderson as the DH, but I can see them giving John Mayberry Jr. a chance to get some at-bats. … One baseball tradition is you don’t mess around with a streak, which is why Lagares will stay in the No. 2 spot in the order. This might not become an issue until David Wright is ready to play. … As is always the case in interleague play for the National League manager is not having to worry about hitting for the pitcher. I’m wondering if this means he might be more willing to extend deGrom.