The Doubleday Double Talk MLB Game of the Day for Wednesday, April 3rd was a deGrom deal with the New York Mets topping the Miami Marlins 6-4.
Jacob deGrom took the mound against the Marlins in Miami with hopes that he could improve on his 0-5 record and 4.50 ERA in his last eight starts against the club and did not disappoint. Trevor Richards took the mound for Miami and would prove to be no match for deGrom by literally any means(…more on that in a bit).
deGrom started off strong by striking out two in the first and got run support in the top of the second when Ahmed Rosario hit a triple to right field to score Keon Broxton from first. That would be all that deGrom would need for the next seven innings.
deGrom came up in the top of the third and took things into his own hands by ripping the first pitch of the inning off of Richards more than 400 feet and into the right-field stands for a home run. The score was now 2-0 in the Mets favor and deGrom had the second homer of his career.
The scoring in the third for the Mets would not stop after deGrom with Pete Alonso hitting an RBI double off the top of the wall in left to make it 3-0. While the Mets would not score again until the top of the seventh, deGrom was lights out, humiliating Miami batter after Miami batter, and striking out Marlins like there was no tomorrow.
While deGrom thrived, Richards struggled badly against New York and gave up three runs in six shaky innings pitched. “I didn’t have command of all my pitches. A couple got away here and there,” Richards said. “I missed over the plate on some pitches, but overall I just had to battle.”
Robinson Cano would hit a double to left in the top of the seventh to score Pete Alonso from first and give the Mets a 4-0 lead over what used to be deGrom’s kryptonite. deGrom came in for his seventh and final inning of the game with 11 strikeouts and proceeded to strike out the side to set a new career high for strikeouts in a game with 14.
While deGrom was his best self throughout the whole game, there was still some fight left in Miami’s hitters and in the bottom of the ninth with the score now 6-0, the Marlins strung together a series of hits that would score them four runs. Unfortunately for Miami, it was too little too late and a Curtis Granderson fly out to left field would end the game and secure the win for the Mets 6-4.
This game would mark deGrom’s 26th consecutive quality start, tying an MLB record set by Bob Gibson for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1968. While also setting a record for 31 consecutive outings giving up three runs or less. In the first two outings of the season, deGrom has continued to dominate after his National League Cy Young Award winning 2018, going 2-0 with 23 strikeouts, two walks, and just seven hits in 13 innings.
The game improved the Mets to 5-1 on the year while dropping Miami to 2-5 through the first few games of the short season.