Jacob DeGrom is looking a lot more like the guy who pitched for the Mets last July now with his two excellent starts this past week. All he did the whole game was give up one single in the 1st inning to Matt Carpenter and that was it, he went on to retire the next 23 batters that he faced, leaving himself with 8 beautiful innings. If he hadn't given up that one hit, I'm sure he would have tried to stay in for the 9th and go for the perfect game, just that one hit was all that stood between him and perfection.
He didn't give up a single walk in his 8 innings, and racked up 11 strikeouts, the first time this season that he threw 10 in a game and the 5th time of his career. In his last 4 starts, all in May, he's given up 1 earned run or less in 3 of those starts for an ERA of 2.08, and has only allowed 1 run in his last 15 innings which includes an ERA of 0.64 in his last two starts which were both wins and resulted in 17 strikeouts in 14 innings.
Thanks to his 11 K's to 0 BB ratio, he has now thrown 31 K's and 6 BB's in May, and thanks to giving up just 7 hits and walks in his last 14 innings, his season WHIP had dropped to 1.11.
It wasn't just DeGrom who helped the Mets in today's game, the offense temporarily came to life as everyone seemed to hit. Duda went 2 for 3 with 2 Home Runs and 4 RBI's and brought his average above .300, and Mayberry, Murphy, Cuddyer, and Flores have all brought up their averages. A hitter with just a good a story as Duda would be that of Cuddyer who went 3 for 3, his first 3 hit game since join the Mets. Lagares went 0 for 2 at the plate but walked twice and scored a run, in total, the Mets walked 7 times.
Familia gave up 1 hit but struck out 2 in the 9th. All in all, the Mets threw 13 K's and 0 walks in the game, and during the 4 games against the Cards have walked 5 while struck out 43 in 41 innings. The Mets now have the 8th most strikeouts in the majors with 334 and the fewest walks with 88. Their 2 baserunners allowed in 9 innings today brought their season WHIP to 1.11 which is tied for the best in the majors with the Rays and Astros.
It may have seemed like this homestand could never end, having given up 19 runs over the course of 2 games, and a run differential of -1, but the Mets managed to finish this 7 game homestand against the Brewers and Cards 4 and 3, with an overall ERA of 3.84.
The Mets leave New York for 3 days to play the Pirates starting tomorrow where they will send out Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, and Jon Niese.