The New York Mets will return to New York in a deep hole dwon 2 games to none against the World Series opponents the Kansas City Royals. The Mets ace Jacob deGrom had one of his worst outings of the year and was badly beat up in the fifth inning of last night's battle. The Mets ended up getting blown out by a final score of 7-1.
The Mets hoped having deGrom on the mound for game 2 would enable them to tie the series up at 1 game apiece before heading back home to Citi field. The Mets' one and only all-star this year was unable to stop the Royals like he did to the Cubs and Dodgers earlier this postseason.
DeGrom looked great through the first round of the line-up. However the Royals were consistently making contact, making him work hard for outs and running up his pitch count. In the fifth inning he was unable to power through his issues and the Royals were able to tack on 4 runs and overcome their 1 run deficit. DeGrom's four earned runs that inning came on five hits and 35 pitches.
In a 94 pitch effort deGrom looked slightly fatigued. He ended the night throwing 94 pitches over 5 innings and allowed 6 hits and three walks. One thing deGrom notably lacked last night is his ability to make batters miss. He only recorded two strike outs last night and generated just three swing and misses the entire night.
Getting batters to swing and miss has been a crucial strength of deGrom throughout the season and the postseason. It has allowed him to work out of trouble and produce the CY Young candidate numbers he has had all season (ERA 2.54, 14-8). However with rumors of fatigue, slight loss of command and the inability to get strike outs he was unable to hold off the Royals or maintain the small 1 run lead.
One former Met has even spread rumors that deGrom was tipping pitches. "I can’t figure it out yet, but they have something on deGrom out of the stretch,” the retired player indicated. “They better figure it out or they can’t win this series.” However Mets' pitching coach Dan Warthen has since denounced these rumors.
The Mets have a lot of work to do and will need to improve their offense and hiting when they return to Queens with a 0-2 deficit.