It was another hard loss for Jacob deGrom last night. Although Mets' ace allowed only two runs in seven innings against the Padres, his effort was not enough, as the assassination attempt by the Mets of San Diego's Rookie Sensation, Chris Paddack 4-0 has been.
DeGrom fitted zeros with Paddack until he yielded a homerun in the fifth inning of Hunter Renfroe . The only other run the incumbent Cy Young winner would yield would be after a victim fly by Ty France in the seventh inning.
But Renfroe's solo home run would be all paddack needed to win. Paddack filled his uprising and disappointed deGrom with eleven strikeouts during the closing of 7.2s innings.
"(Paddack) reminds me a bit of deGrom," said Manager Mickey Callaway . "The expansion, the body, and the way he can bring down the first pitch are very similar to what deGrom can do, making it a deadly combination." Deesah Thosar, NY Daily News )
A phenom like Paddack was just the kind of thrower Mets & # 39; did not have to contend with. Paddack, who now has an ERA of 1
The only strike against Paddack was Jeff McNeil who won 2-4. The rest of the Mets team managed only two goals, and one of them came from deGrom.
In the highly anticipated matchup between Paddack and Pete Alonso, Paddack won the battle of the two rookies as he held the first baseman of the Mets hitless in three bats.
"It would be a good matchup, and I did not answer the bell," Alonso said. "I had some guys in the base when I was up and I did not do the job tonight. It is not good. It is not a good feeling. It is a really heavy pill to swallow. Deesah Thosar, New York Daily News )
Alonso would not get another chance against Paddack as the Padres Craig Stammen wanted to finish the eighth inning. Satmmen defeated Alonso and he pulled out all three thugs in ninth position to earn his first rescue of the year.
The game was reminiscent of DeGrom's last year, when he was plagued by Mets' inability to score. DeGrom had gone from 10-70 ERA and its 269 stops in 217 innings to 10-9 last year despite its MLB lead.
Last night was the second round in which deGrom received no attacks from his offense. In the last week deGrom scored seven innings against the Reds, but the decision was not made when the Mets lost 1-0.
The loss drops deGrom's record to 2-4 in the season, but the outing improves his ERA to 3.60. He has hit 56 thugs in 40 innings and has a total of 3.50 FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) and 2.99 xFIP.
DeGrom wants to make three strong starts in a row when he faces Marlin's last place weekend. And he's hoping the Mets bats will wake up until then and that they can use the much weaker Miami pitching.