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For Jacob deGrom, new Mets bullpen similar as previous Mets bullpen in loss to Phillies

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When Bob Gibson’s masterful 1968 season — that 1.12 ERA was really superb — is a subject of dialog, one query all the time pops up: How on the earth was he saddled with 9 losses when he was that dominant? 

It’s nearly just like the individuals asking that query have by no means watched the Mets on days that Jacob deGrom pitches. Generally particular person dominance simply isn’t sufficient. 


Look, we’re not right here to make any sweeping generalizations concerning the 2021 Mets. It’s a brand new chapter in franchise historical past, with a brand new proprietor (Steve Cohen) and a brand new franchise icon signed to a profitable, long-term deal (Francisco Lindor). 

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These will not be the identical previous Mets and we’re not going to make use of phrases like “Mets’ing” on this column. We’re, although, going to speak a couple of very acquainted drawback for the crew from Queens, an issue that’s plagued the king of the Mets’ rotation for much too lengthy.

The membership’s ace, deGrom, was sensible within the membership’s delayed first sport of the season; COVID points with the Nationals meant the primary collection was not performed as scheduled. deGrom threw six dominant shutout innings, permitting simply three hits and two walks whereas putting out seven Phillies. He threw 77 pitches, with 11 hitting 100.0 mph or greater. His quickest pitch of the night time was a ridiculous 102.0, according to StatCast data

The Mets led 2-0 when deGrom exited. They misplaced 5-3. 

That’s actually and really an unimaginable statistic. 

Supervisor Luis Rojas, after the sport, citing that deGrom hadn’t thrown in 10 days, mentioned he pulled his ace after a dialog following his sixth inning of labor. 

“Lengthy season,” deGrom informed reporters after the sport. “Speaking to them, it felt like the precise determination.”

Right here’s one other really mind-boggling set of numbers. 

Rojas introduced in Miguel Rojas for the seventh, and he delivered a scoreless inning. The eighth belonged to Trevor Might, one of many centerpiece additions to the membership’s bullpen this offseason. The veteran right-hander signed a two-year, $15.5 million free-agent deal after posting a 3.18 ERA with 12.0 strikeouts per 9 innings in 89 reduction appearances masking the 2019 and 2020 seasons. 

Might struck out the primary batter he confronted, however allowed two singles and a stroll to load the bases. Rojas went to Aaron Loup, a veteran lefty who had a 2.52 ERA in 24 appearances for the Rays final season, earlier than signing a one-year cope with the Mets this offseason. 

Loup was introduced in to face lefty Bryce Harper, and he promptly plunked Harper. One run in, bases nonetheless loaded. J.T. Realmuto adopted with a single. One other run in, tie sport, bases nonetheless loaded. Identical to that the Mets’ two-run lead had utterly disappeared. One other sensible deGrom outing was wasted.

Oh, and it acquired worse. It all the time appears to worsen after deGrom exits a gem. Alec Bohm hit a chopper to 3rd baseman Luis Guillorme, who got here residence with the throw in an try to get a drive out. Guillorme’s throw was wild. Two extra runs scored, and the Phillies led 4-2 

Right here’s one other avert-your-eyes-Mets-fans stat.

It’s painfully ironic, isn’t it, that the throw that value the Mets the sport was thrown in the identical path as deGrom was throwing strikes all night time?

Oh, after which Didi Gregorius delivered a sacrifice fly that plated one other run and put the Mets forward 5-2. The Mets scored as soon as within the ninth however left two runners on base because the Phillies’ bullpen — rebuilt this offseason after being traditionally dangerous in 2020 — allowed only one run in 5 2/3 innings. 

It is only one sport. It isn’t an indictment on the way forward for a franchise.

However it was a frustratingly acquainted feeling for deGrom and Mets followers. 

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