Jacob deGrom has been one of the best, if not the very best, pitchers in all of Major League Baseball for the last few seasons. All too often, unfortunately for him, however, his team has let him down with a lack of run support. The 33-year old didn’t have to worry about that on Friday night, though. That’s because he took matters into his own hands. He put on a strong performance on the mound, striking out 15 hitters and allowing just two hits over the course of nine innings. He was also responsible for the game’s opening run, coming as a result of his double from the number 8 hole in the lineup.
Anthony Nimmo would then take over from there offensively, driving in a run via infield single in the fifth, scoring on a single in the seventh, and then going yard with a two-run homer to drive himself and deGrom in the eighth. That put the Mets up 6-0 and allowed deGrom to take to the mound in the ninth with absolutely no pressure at all. With the victory, the Mets improved to 8-7 on the season and an impressive 5-1 at home. DeGrom’s ERA was lowered to .31 over four starts thus far, showing just how well he’s pitching currently. If, and it’s a big if, the Mets can pick up their offense, this is a team that might just finally have something to say in the NL East after years of coming up short. Especially with this ace up their proverbial sleeve.