After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.
However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.
DeGrom left Monday's game with a 2-1 lead, in line for his fifth win of the season. But Seth Lugo allowed a game-tying sac fly to Nick Markakis in the eighth inning for another deGrom no-decision, then allowed a walk-off two-run home run to Charlie Culberson in the ninth inning in a 4-3 loss.
Manager Mickey Callaway said the team's plan was to have Lugo pitch two innings if deGrom threw seven, explaining why the team didn't go with Jeurys Familia in Game 1 of the doubleheader.
"We got exactly what we wanted out of deGrom," Callaway told reporters after Game 1. "We just didn't get what we wanted out of Lugo."
Lugo's blown save is far from the first time deGrom went from being in line for a win to settling with a no-decision. DeGrom has had to settle for a no-decision four times this season despite being in line for the win when he was taken out of the game. In his career, it's happened 22 times, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.
The first time this season was April 16, when he left with a 6-1 lead but two runners on base. Lugo, Jerry Blevins, A.J. Ramos and Familia combined to allow three hits, three walks and a hit batter in 2/3 of an inning in an 8-6 loss.
In his next outing on April 21, he threw seven scoreless innings against the Braves and was in line for the win after the Mets scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning. But Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double off Blevins in the bottom of the eighth to make it 3-2, and Familia allowed a game-tying triple and walk-off bunt single in a 4-3 loss.
DeGrom went 2-0 in his next four starts, which include an outing cut short to injury on May 2 and his one-inning, 45-pitch effort against the Phillies on May 13. In his last time out on May 23, he threw seven scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead, but Familia allowed two runs in the top of the ninth inning in a 2-1 loss to the Marlins.
DeGrom's 1.52 ERA leads the National League and ranks second in the majors behind Justin Verlander's 1.11 ERA. His 85 strikeouts rank third in the NL and his 1.01 WHIP ranks sixth. And though wins may be a misleading statistic, he could be tied with the Nationals' Max Scherzer for the league lead with eight wins.
"He's doing what he always does. We have to be better than that," Lugo told reporters after Game 1. "Those are the games we have to win. We have to make some adjustments and make better pitches."