The Mets achieved a commanding lead over the National League East this summer without the services of the dominant Jacob deGrom. Now that the two-time Cy Young Award winner is back in action, they look even more dangerous.
deGrom was nearly untouchable against the Braves on Sunday. He didn’t allow a baserunner until the sixth inning, then ended the game with 12 strikeouts and two runs allowed on a two-run homerun in 5 2/3 innings to take his first win of the season. The appearance gave him 1,523 strikeouts in his career, the most ever in the first 200 games by a pitcher in MLB history.
The Mets won 5-2, taking four of Atlanta’s five over the weekend and extending their lead to 6.5 games.
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deGrom generated 25 swinging hits on just 76 pitches in Sunday’s win. Only six of 19 batters were able to bring the ball into play, and his fastball hit 99 miles per hour 21 times, with a top speed of 101.6 mph. After making his debut on Tuesday against the Nationals, deGrom has racked up 18 batters with only five baserunners allowed in 10 2/3 frames.
Since the start of 2018, deGrom has a 1.95 ERA over 93 starts, striking out 792 in 591 2/3 innings. After missing four months to start the season, he looks set to pick up where he left off.
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