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Apr 19

deGrom Scoreless Streak Reaches 18 1/3

As far as all-time great drafts, I don’t know how 2010 ranks in Mets’ lore. I have neither spent the time to analyze every draft (future project) nor tried to total up the earned bWAR/fWAR for each draft. It’s also far too early to even legitimately pose the question, but since I’m using the question as an introduction to another point it’s not technically being asked now is it? What’s the point? So far, that 2010 draft kicks ass.

The two biggest names from that draft, of course, are Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, but 2010 also brought the Mets Josh Edgin (who is out with TJ surgery this season, and the Mets certainly could have used him last night. I don’t think I can spend this season watching Sean Gilmartin pitch to lefties. I can’t do it. The only left hander I trust in the bullpen right now is Jerry Blevins, and after watching him last season with the Nats, it feels weird writing that. Speedy recovery Josh Edgin.) and Matt den Dekker who was traded to the Nats for the aforementioned Blevins. There might be others in that draft that have done things or been traded for other pieces or left baseball to work for McCann Erickson who might be handling the rebranding of Mr. Met or some such thing. The larger point, however, is that as far as value for my entertainment dollar, that 2010 draft is pretty great right now.

1.56.

That was deGrom’s ERA at Citi Field heading into Saturday night against the Marlins. In 11 starts at home, deGrom was 6-3 with a 1.56 ERA while allowing 58 hits in 75 innings. Batters were hitting .215/.263/.300 at Citi. After deGrom left Saturday night throwing seven scoreless against the Marlins, his home ERA is now 1.43 and batters are hitting .216 against him. He’s opened the season with 13 1/3 scoreless innings at home with an overall scoreless streak of 18 1/3 scoreless innings ongoing. Every deGrom start is becoming can’t miss, but his home starts are quickly becoming save until delete.

On Saturday night, part of the reason not to miss was simply because the game started oddly, ended stressfully, and somewhere in between saw Dee Gordon finish 5-for-5 with three RBI and two hits reviewed. Gordon also deked Daniel Murphy into breaking for second base and turned a sure Christian Yelich grounder from a double-play to a single, giving Giancarlo Stanton an opportunity to hit with runners on. The only thing Gordon did wrong was get caught stealing second in the first, but then again, if Yelich doesn’t swing at a 3-2 fastball up near his eyes Gordon is safely on second after the walk.

deGrom pitched well Saturday, allowing six hits in seven while striking out eight. It wasn’t quite the eight strikeouts in a row to start the game he pitched against the Marlins last September 15, but there were only two innings where deGrom saw any real trouble. As mentioned there was the sixth, but also in the third he pitched around runners on first and third with two outs to strike out Yelich to end the threat.

Every non-deGrom inning was an adventure. Gilmartin struggled throwing strikes, though had enough to strikeout Yelich with a sweeping curve, and Carlos Torres sort of looked awful in the ninth, but in all fairness, the slider he threw Adeiny Hechavarria wasn’t horrid like the one he floated to Marcell Ozuna.  Hechavarria hit a good pitch past Campbell’s outstretched glove for a single. Terry Collins kept his promise and rested Blevins and Jeurys Familia even though the bullpen did everything in their power to make him a liar. Those five runs were nice. No sad, depressing losses. I thought the Mets were safe when Eric Campbell singled home Michael Cuddyer in the sixth, making it 3-0. No. The Mets were safe thanks to Wilmer Flores crushing his second homerun of the season one out later.

With Travis d’Arnaud and Flores each hitting homeruns, I wondered if there were more homers being hit in Citi Field this year than last. After moving in the fences again this offseason (I wrote many snarky things about this before Christmas when I was bitterly going through baseball withdraw), was there an increase over the first six games last year? It’s only six games, so it’s not as though I can make any real determination one way or the other, but, you know, just out of curiosity and all. The short answer is no. In the first six games at Citi Field last year, the Mets hit seven homers while their opponents hit eight. This year, the Mets have hit six while the Phillies and Marlins have hit seven. 15 last year. 13 this year. Moving in the fences in right and right-center didn’t aid the Stanton homers on Thursday and Friday. Mets brass could have moved those fences back 10 yards and raised the height a dozen cubits and Stanton would have cleared the wall with the rockets he hit.

Anyway, the Mets have won seven in a row, and they haven’t pulled that off since 2010 (hmmm, there’s that year again) when they twice won eight in a row. They go for the four-game, series sweep on Sunday. The other ballyhooed pitcher from that aught-ten class starts against born New Yorker Tom Koehler.

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