The last time Jacob deGrom dominated on the rubber he was in Miami at Marlins park under a dome. Tonight at Citi Field didn't offer the same weather conditions -- a cold, misty night in Flushing -- but that same pitcher shined on the mound.
DeGrom may not have gotten the win against the Reds, but he managed to go seven innings without allowing a run and only three hits. He may have had an early rough patch with his past three starts, but manager Mickey Callaway saw the deGrom everyone is used to seeing tonight.
"We felt like he was back," he told reporters after the game. "Very reminiscent of last year. Probably still didn't have his best stuff, but that was him."
Of course, a night of deGrom dominance didn't come without some trouble on the base paths. He didn't allow a hit through four innings, but in that top of the fourth, he managed to see the bases loaded after an error, walk and hit by pitch. But with a 3-2 count and two outs, deGrom threw a nasty changeup to Tucker Barnhart to alleviate the danger, and walk back into the dugout unscathed.
"Definitely felt better out there," deGrom said. "Like I said before, I didn't think I was that far off. Just rushing a little bit to the plate. Tonight, I was able to locate a lot better than the previous three."
With April behind him, the Mets will hope May deGrom will be the same pitcher out there tonight.