NEW YORK – Jacob deGrom matched his career-best strikeouts with 14 in eight innings but, as is often the case with the two-time Cy Young Award winner, he didn’t get any offensive support as the Miami Marlins shut out the New York. Mets 3-0 on Saturday.
DeGrom (0-1) looked unbeatable early, until Jazz ChisholmJr struck a fastball thrown at 100.4 mph on a 0-2 count above the strike zone in the second inning. The left-handed hitter’s home shot reached the second floor of right field and was estimated at 402 feet.
It was the first 0-2 home run that deGrom has allowed in the majors.
That was all Miami could do against deGrom. The right-hander hit 14 strikeouts for the fourth time in his career, including three against the Marlins. He allowed one run, five hits, walked no one and made 76 of his 95 pitches for strikes.
Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers didn’t make it easy for the Mets, swinging 10 in six innings to beat deGrom for the second time in nine major league starts. The 23-year-old notched his first major league win against deGrom in a 5-3 win on Aug. 31.
Rogers, a first-round pick in the 2017 draft, had no major problems against New York, allowing three hits and two walks, retiring 11 in a row in one stretch of the game.
Rogers mixed a fastball that averaged 95 mph with a slider and a switch, inducing 19 hits and misses between his 82 pitches. He ended his outing with strikeouts to Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso, leaving two running backs awaiting tow to preserve a 1-0 lead.
Dylan Floro followed with a perfect seventh inning, Richard Bleier was aided by shortstop Miguel Rojas’ diving catch to steal a hit from pinch hitter Kevin Pillar in the eighth inning, which closed perfectly, and Yimi Garcia completed the game. where they allowed just three hits, saving closer Anthony Bass work.
Meanwhile, New York closer Edwin Diaz relieved deGrom and he struggled. Starling Marte doubled to lead the inning and scored on a single in Jesús Aguilar’s next at-bat. Rojas added an RBI single before Diaz was pulled and booed off the mound.
Mets fans also mocked Conforto, who struck out three times to extend a losing streak and start what could be his final season in New York. The right fielder will become a free agent in the fall.
The 32-year-old DeGrom is looking better than ever in his eighth major league season. Not only is he averaging 99 mph with his fastball, compared to 94 mph when he debuted in 2014, he’s also pitching it with more “lift.” The pitch is dropping an inch less on average than it was in 2020, which makes hitters see it moving up the strike zone as it gets closer.
DeGrom struck out at least 10 batters for the 47th time, passing Dwight Gooden for the second-most in Mets history, just behind Tom Seaver’s 60.
New York starters have had four quality starts in the team’s first five games, but are 2-3 on the season.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.