Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
Sure, Jacob deGrom gave up a run last night, and the loss goes next to his name, but he did not lose the game. The Mets lost the game when, collectively, they all fell apart as an offense yet again. They made Nick Pivetta look more like Jacob deGrom than deGrom himself did in this game. They mustered just two hits and got shut out, which means they scored all of one run in a two-game series. Mercifully they have the day off before heading to Philadelphia for a weekend series with the Phillies.
The Mets do not deserve Jacob deGrom.
The team is notorious for not scoring runs for the ace, but this is a new low even for them.
deGrom wasn’t his dominant self, but even when he is not at his best he is must-see TV.
Even though the ace struggled early on, he finished his night tying Nolan Ryan for the most strikeouts through the first five starts of the season.
It’s still early, but deGrom is outdoing himself so far this year.
Former GM Omar Minaya was in charge when the Mets drafted the righty in 2010 and deserves some of the credit as to where he is now.
There was a scary moment when home plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit with a foul ball and had to leave the game.
Around the National League East
The Braves will be opening up Truist Park to 100% capacity on May 7 despite most teams still limiting capacity at their stadiums.
Bryce Harper got hit in the face with a fastball but appeared to be okay after the Phillies win over the Cardinals.
The Nationals took the final game with the Blue Jays as old friend Steven Matz struggled on the mound for Toronto.
Around Major League Baseball
Old friend Oliver Perez was designated for assignment after Cleveland had to make room on the roster for Nick Wittgren, who had been on the paternity list.
The Giants’ rotation is one of the biggest surprises in baseball and is one of the reasons why they are tied for first in their division.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell was not happy with a terrible interference call that went against his team in the loss to Miami.
George Springer finally made his debut with Toronto and went hitless in his first game off the injured list.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
On Episode 82 of A Pod of Their Own, Bradford William Davis stopped by to discuss baseball’s COVID protocols.
This Date in Mets History
This date is a momentous one for John Franco, as he notched both the first and 300th saves of his career, twelve years apart.