Mets RHP Jacob deGrom had yet another brilliant performance in his start against the Marlins on Wednesday night.
Just days after tossing a 13-strikeout game against the Diamondbacks, deGrom cruised through the Marlins lineup. It wasn't the start deGrom wanted when he plunked Derek Dietrich to lead off the game. But he would get three straight outs to complete the first.
The second innings saw more of the same, with a walk to Miguel Rojas being the only baserunner. The Marlins finally struck for their first hit in the fourth when Justin Bour placed a bunt into the hole left by third base on a shift.
DeGrom faced some trouble in the fourth and fifth innings, but hitters still haven't figured him out with runners in scoring position. He has been keeping runners from crossing the plate, as he has let up only one earned run in his last six starts.
The scariest part for his future opponents: That wasn't even the best deGrom has thrown this season. He worked with C Devin Mesoraco to keep the Marlins off balance despite not having his best pitches.
"Yeah, I was yanking a lot of fastballs and a lot of changeups," he said after the game. "So, we mixed in the slider quite a bit, few curveballs, and just tried to keep them off balance."
All of deGrom's hard work was for naught, though, as Jeurys Familia let up the one-run lead in the ninth as the Mets lost 2-1. DeGrom should have had his fifth win of the season, but he doesn't have any bad feelings towards his teammates.
"You know those guys are out there giving 100 percent and I'm comfortable with them coming in the game," deGrom said. "So, it's rare that that happens and tonight they got to Familia there."
Overall, the righty scattered four hits while striking out eight and walking two over seven innings of work. And after his shutout performance, deGrom now owns the best ERA in the National League at 1.54. Only Astros hurler Justin Verlander has a better ERA in the entire MLB.
Updated Major League ERA leaders:- Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 24, 2018
1. Justin Verlander, 1.08
2. Jacob deGrom, 1.54
3. Carlos Martinez, 1.62
4. Max Scherzer, 1.78
5. Gerrit Cole, 1.86
This is the second consecutive game that deGrom has gone seven innings strong, and the fifth time this season he has made it through at least seven.