The Mets split a doubleheader last night against the Rockies finally completing the first 10 games of their season with a 6-4 records tops in NL East . In the opener Jacob deGrom was the story as he pitched yet another outstanding game.
In fact at one point deGrom struck out 9 consecutive Rockies coming close to the all time record of ten straight K’s set by Tom Seaver back in 1970 but gave up three unearned runs in the 7th inning as the Rockies took a 3-1 lead. The Met ace must have felt like this was Ground Hog Day as his teammates once again wasted a super pitching effort.
But not on this night as a Pete Alonso homer made it 3-2 and then the Mets rallied for 2 runs in their final at bat getting RBI hits from both Jonathan Villar and Francisco Lindor. Edwin Diaz closed out the game striking out the side and deGrom had his first win of the year. “It was great to see because when games keep getting postponed that messes up with the timing of hitters. Hopefully we will get this thing rolling and we saw that late in this game”, said deGrom after the game.
Despite not setting the single season strikeout record which has stood for 51 years the Mets struck out a total of 17 hitters in a 7 inning game meaning they recorded 81 per cent on their outs strikeouts. the highest percentage in a game since 1900. Rojas said it best when he commented after the game, “We talked about the challenge of weather today which made it a different start and then all of a sudden he makes an adjustment and does something special.”
In the nightcap, Joey Lucchesi gave up 3 early runs as the Rockies got a complete game from their best pitcher, German Marquez which snapped both the Rockies 7 game losing streak as well as the Mets 4 game winning streak.
So a nearly historic day on a cold and bitter night in Denver ends with a split for the Mets which keeps them in the top spot in the NL East . All in all, lots of obstacles were placed in front of this team during their first ten games but a .600 winning percentage is where they sit. It speaks to the resolve and resiliency of the Mets as they have one of the top early season records in the sport.