The New York Mets are coming off a fun game on Tuesday night, as they blocked a potential double-header sweep by the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The offense came out to play with 10 runs, smacking James Paxton around right out of the gate. Paxton had been unstoppable at home up until that point. The Mets had no issue exploiting Paxton and making him look like a below average pitcher.
Starts like that can happen to any pitcher, good and bad, but the Yankees can’t afford for Paxton to struggle throughout the season. He’s been sharp this season, but did not play the ace role well on Tuesday. The Mets’ offense can be sneaky like that sometimes.
Unfortunately for the Mets, the offense has been hot and cold this season with no rhythm from one week to the other. Jacob deGrom didn’t see anything that resembled a hot offense last season. Despite that terrific season, he barely made it above .500 of 10-9. The only thing he was playing for was the Cy Young and he did manage to nab that, though.
The Mets are still very well alive when it comes to the NL East, though. They may be just 33-34, but that’s good enough to keep them within 5.5 games of 1st place. The Braves or Phillies aren’t doing anything too exciting, so it’s keeping the Mets in the thick of the division.
We’ll see if somebody catches fire and pulls away, but a mediocre record below .500 has the Mets in it for the moment. They will turn to deGrom on Thursday, as he looks to outpitch Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals. Ugly loss for the Cardinals in Miami yesterday, with a 9-0 loss as the team took the night off. Head below for our free Cardinals vs. Mets pick.
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This season hasn’t been a Cy Young worthy season for Jacob deGrom. Instead of putting his foot down on the pedal and jumping out as the early favorite to defend his award, deGrom has looked more human than the machine that plowed through opposing hitters in 2019. That said, deGrom has still been good, just not Cy Young good thus far.
The Mets are likely going to entertain some phone calls about his availability for a trade, but a team is going to have to make it a really enticing offer. deGrom enters Thursday against the Cardinals with an ERA of 3.45 and 1.15 WHIP. He has, however, been looking like the ace of the club recently. deGrom hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in his previous four outings. Also, in his previous three starts, he’s been solid with an ERA of 2.55 in 17.2 innings.
His last three games have been against some quality opponents, too. He didn’t get that 2.55 ERA by beating up on creampuffs. deGrom was sharp against the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Rockies. After getting drilled against the Marlins in Miami, a light bulb might have gone off in his head to get things straightened out. He certainly has and we’ll see if it’s going to be a growing trend for deGrom.
He appears to have the advantage over Jack Flaherty in this matchup on Thursday. Flaherty goes into Citi Field, with an ERA of 4.08 overall, which isn’t too bad, but he’s ran into several problems on the road. He has an outstanding 2.25 ERA in St. Louis, though that falls to 6.76 with a 1.69 WHIP on the road. That is likely not going to work against deGrom. The Mets use their win against the Yankees on Tuesday night as a momentum boost and win their fourth in five games this evening.