Jacob deGrom capped his remarkable season with eight dazzling innings as the Mets blanked the Braves, 3-0, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) DeGrom (10-9) cemented his status as the favorite for the N.L. Cy Young Award after allowing two hits while striking out 10, his 11th double-digit strikeout performance of the season. He retired the last 20 batters he faced and finished 2018 with a 1.70 ERA, the lowest by a National League hurler since Zack Greinke posted a 1.66 mark for the Dodgers in 2015 and the second-lowest figure in club history behind Dwight Gooden in 1985 (1.53). It was the 29th consecutive start which deGrom held opponents to three runs or fewer and the 18th time in 32 starts he surrendered one run or less.
2) Dominic Smith drove in the first run of the game with a two-out RBI single and followed Michael Conforto's career-high 28th home run with one of his own in the eighth. Conforto doubled in front of Smith's base hit in the sixth inning, walked and scored two runs.
3) Seth Lugo pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
News and notes...
DeGrom's 10th and final strikeout was the 1,000th of his career. He became the fastest Mets pitcher in history to whiff 1,000 batters (847 2/3 innings), surpassing David Cone. He finished with 269 strikeouts, the fourth-highest total in franchise history behind Tom Seaver and Gooden.
DeGrom joined Christy Mathewson (1908) and Pedro Martinez (2000) as the only pitchers since 1908 to record a sub-2.00 ERA, 250 or more strikeouts and 50 or fewer walks.
DeGrom finished 1-2 against the Braves in six starts this season despite an 0.88 ERA over 41 innings.
The Mets (74-84) finish their series with the Braves (89-69) on Thursday night at Citi Field at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Jason Vargas (6-9, 6.25 ERA/5.31 FIP, 78 K's, 1.494 WHIP) makes his final start of the season looking to win for the fifth time in six decisions. The southpaw allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings of a no-decision against the Nationals last Friday. It was the sixth time in seven starts he surrendered two runs or fewer. Vargas has a 6.14 ERA in three starts against the Braves this season and a 5.60 mark in five career appearances, including four starts.
Julio Teheran (9-8, 4.03 ERA/4.83 FIP, 157 K's, 1.191 WHIP) ends his regular season with one win in his last nine starts despite a 3.13 ERA in that span. The 27-year-old was charged with four runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Phillies last Friday and took his seventh no-decision since Aug. 5. Teheran has pitched to a 1.69 ERA in four meetings with the Mets this season. He is 9-6 with a 2.42 ERA in 24 career appearances (23 starts) against New York.