Jacob deGrom’s frustration mounting after latest Mets loss
Jacob deGrom gave up only one earned run in seven innings of work — which was interrupted by 31-minute weather delay — and still watched the New York Mets lose another game, this time by a score of 4-3 to the Atlanta Braves, the team’s fourth straight. The Mets did recover to win Monday’s second-half of a doubleheader by beating the Braves 8-5 to stop the slide.
Still, deGrom has put up two consecutive brilliant starts, pitching 14 innings and surrendering only one earned run while allowing nine total hits and lowering his stellar ERA to 1.52, good for best in the National League. And the Mets lost both games. The right-hander’s ERA over his past seven starts is a minuscule 0.45.
Despite pitching more than well enough to give the Mets a chance to win, deGrom refrained from throwing anyone under the bus after yet another disappointing loss, even though Mets reliever Seth Lugo blew the save and surrendered a walk-off home run to Charlie Culberson.
Still, the frustration of all the losing is beginning to wear on deGrom.
“I think it’s frustrating no matter what, whether I’m pitching or I am not,” deGrom said, via the New York Post. “We don’t want to lose and when we lose games it’s frustrating. Whether it’s me or anybody else, that is not what we’re trying to do.”
The Mets sit at 26-25 and are four games back of the NL East-leading Braves (31-22). deGrom, despite the Mets’ inability to take capitalize more off his strong start to the season, nevertheless sports a 4-0 record in 11 starts.
deGrom’s win-loss record, while excellent, ought to be even better given his superb ERA, not to mention a WHIP of 1.01 with 80 strikeouts to only 19 walks and an opponent batting average of .200. It goes without saying deGrom deserves better, although if he keeps pitching in such a manner, logic suggests things might eventually turn his way.