Just some notes on last night’s game and pitching in general:
Jacob deGrom allowed one earned run in seven innings last night. He also struck out nine. The nine strikeouts were his most this season, topping his previous season best of eight against Miami on April 18, and the most he’s thrown since he struck out 10 in his final start of 2014 against Atlanta. Of course, everyone struck out 10 or more Braves last season, so that’s not a particularly notable achievement. Okay, for degree of difficulty, it was the second most strikeouts thrown by deGrom in a game since the September 15th game against Miami when he struck out the first eight batters, tying a Major League record in the process.
Yesterday also marked the third time he’s allowed one or fewer runs in a game this season, which seemed a pretty impressive feat except that it’s second on the team (tied with the ageless Bartolo Colon) behind Jon Niese who has four such games, and is a couple starts behind the five Dallas Keuchel has thrown already. Not surprisingly, deGrom is 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA in those three starts. deGrom would likely be tied with Niese, one off the Major League leading Keuchel if not for defensive issues suffered in the Washington game last Thursday. I also like to call that the game that forced me to not watch baseball for a few days to save my marriage because I couldn’t handle one more routine grounder improbably booted. Is screaming at the television healthy? My wife didn’t find it all that amusing.
Anyway, the Mets are tied with St. Louis, San Francisco, and Detroit with 10 games in which they’ve allowed one or fewer runs. They’re 8-2 in those games, losing twice to the Nationals 1-0 of course. It’s the sixth time in franchise history the Mets have allowed one or fewer runs in the team’s first 28 games and is the first time they’ve pulled off the trick since 2007.
In 1968, the Mets staff allowed one or fewer runs 15 times in the team’s first 28 games, managing to go 9-6. In 1968, teams scored 3.42 runs a game, which was the second lowest since 1914 according to baseball-reference. In ’68, the Mets lost 1-0 three times and 2-1 and 3-1 once each. The ’68 squad’s 15 games led the league, though the .600 was a tad bit lower than Cleveland’s .929 (13-1 record) or Baltimore’s .786 (11-3).
Thanks to a clutch ninth inning three-run homerun by Daniel Murphy in Miami last week, the Mets didn’t match the ’68 squad with three 1-0 losses, so, you know, there’s that at least.