Game Recap: Mets 2 – Brewers 0

Result: The Mets blanked the Brewers, 2-0, on Sunday in Milwaukee on the back of another strong pitching performance by Jacob deGrom.

MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers

Need to Know: deGrom impressed again for the Mets as he shut out the Brewers over 6 1/3 innings Sunday afternoon. The right-hander struck out four and allowed four hits to pick up the fifth win of his career. Offense was hard to come by at Miller Park, with Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson matching deGrom pitch for pitch until Lucas Duda broke up the scoreless tie with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. The blast, Duda’s 18th on the season, scored Daniel Murphy, who led off the inning with a double. Chris Young chipped in two doubles as well, and Jenrry Mejia came on in the ninth inning to slam the door, recording his 15th save of 2014.

Game Ball: deGrom, who has now allowed just two earned runs over his last four starts for the Mets.

Links: AP Recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Mets travel back to New York to begin a seven-game home stand as they host the Phillies at Citi Field on Monday night. Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03) will get the start against Philadelphia’s A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86).




168 comments
Scrubs
Scrubs

I was wrong about Lucas Duda.  I thought they traded the wrong guy but he's been money since the break.  I'll be at the game tonight and I'm gonna give some love to Lucas Duda.  #carwash

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Duda is on a roll but note both times, Murphy was brought alone in the same inning. He is starting to hit again as well. 

robby
robby

I have to admit Duda has surprised me.  He really has put it together and good for him.  deGrom is fanatstic!  Every game he's pitched this year he has been in the game.  Great pitching rotation we have.  Now we need a little more hitting.  Sandy needs to get a bat.  Get working man.  Matt you were wrong when earlier you posted that you think deGrom might get hit if he continues to allow the balls to get hit to the players.  Which frankly does not make any ounce of iota sense.

herblehman
herblehman

The Mets had no business finishing this totally unproductive road trip at .500, but Jacob DeGrom, the Familia/Mejia duo and Lucas Duda flat-out stole five wins. I have been extremely unenthusiastic about Duda, but I'm starting to realize that I might have to eat crow. I really hope he can carry this through the rest of the season, because the Mets pretty much have no other offense, except for Murphy and sometimes Granderson.


It just makes me cringe watching the Flores-Tejada situation. If Flores is up here, he's got to play, and even the marginal reduction in Tejada's playing time seems to be messing with his head. Now both shortstops are ice cold and Flores will never get going if he plays one game out of three. 

bigslick
bigslick

Matt - good call last week. Degrom for ROY. Wow he really looks good - has ACE stuff.

Props to Sandy for keeping Duda over Ike! Now let's get Wally up here pronto for the playoff push. We are one manager and one bat away - maybe grab Soriano?- he was the best hitter in baseball after the all star game last year..........he will not cost us anything. LGM

Matthew Mugnai
Matthew Mugnai

Lagares' ability to save runs makes me think he should be on this team for as long as he can field and throw the ball the way he does. But a lineup can only have one 'dead spot' in it before it becomes too difficult to score runs in bunches of innings.

The point--------> Sandy needs to upgrade the rest of the lineup around Lagares. Lagares can be the only one that will be up and down with his bat. Having more than one of those guys in your lineup, like Tejada, who brings little else with the glove or speed (or his lack thereof) will need to be replaced before a team like this can expect to contend.

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

Hypothetical question but if you were to trade for offense (say Tulo) and the other team demanded you include either Wheeler or DeGrom, who would it be?

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

The good news is, we're exactly where we were before the all star break.

The good news is we have two struggling teams coming to Citi

The bad news is, Washington is on an absolute tear and we play them after which just might be the make or break series

bigdirty
bigdirty

I am an optomist and this team is giving me a lot to be optomistic about. Its time to give the front office its due - They made the right choice at first base. They always said they thought Duda fit their game plan better than Ike an dthat he could be a bette hitter and nowits howing in spades. When Lucas is confident he is a very good middle of th order bat. I am surprised how good he has been. 


The pitching staff and bullpen have developed just as the Mets could have hoped. Wheeler is stepping up to be a top of the rotation type. They developed another gem in Degrom who has been electric and Harvey-esque. This kid is a phenom. Its not just his poise but his stuff is ELECTRIC. Itsgreat to see soemone just grab hold of their opportunity and run with it. 


The pen is strong! The Mets gambled with not signing a major pen arm and its paid off. The pen can get even stronger next year when Parnell comes back. Another power arm in the middle innings. 


I would love for the Mets to make some type of move for and outfield bat at the deadline. Get Matt Kemp. I think thats a guy who just need a change of scenery and if the Dodgers are willing to eat a good portion of his contract he could be a smart pick up by sandy. Let him come to citi field this year and get used to it. having him protect Duda in the lineup could help develop Lucas even more.   Its a risk but if the dodgers eat a good portion of his contract and/or take Bartolo off our hands. its a good move.

joe21
joe21

BTW Comforto already 2-3 tonight 2B and BB. guy needs to be moved up immediately. I think to Lucie to see if everybody was right on fast track

openmind6
openmind6

@bigslick

You are really funny.

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

Is his defense really that much better than den dekker or Kirk?

All scouting reports I have seen rate all 3 of these guys very close.

Hard to stick with a dead bat just for defense if u have 2 other legit options

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

Wow, gotta say deGrom, only because he's pitched better this year and I honestly think other teams will want him over Wheeler because of his control and low pitch counts

tierlifer
tierlifer

@Jim Steele With the added wild card on top of so much parity this year so won't a lot of teams if not most.  There just is too much of an unsettled trade market. 

joe21
joe21

He has been using a wood bat for exactly one week, maybe just a little preparation? Kris Bryant was one of the best bats to come out of college recently and he still is at AAA. Rushing him is foolish, moving him right to majors is insane

drmetfan
drmetfan

I like a trade with the Dodgers. Colon, CY and pitching prospect Rainy Lara to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp with the Dodgers taking on Colon's and CY salary plus most of Kemp's salary.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Kemp would be nice, but I think if the Dodgers were willing to throw in enough money to interest the Mets, a contending team would offer more to get him.

mr met
mr met

@bigdirty Rumor has it that the Dodgers and Red Sox are talking Kemp/Lester.  We do not get into those conversations because we are a laughing stock of an organization.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@bigdirty they don't need bartolo. you're still giving up something significant in value if you're expecting the dodgers to take a lot of money back in the deal. 

qualcomm
qualcomm

@joe21 Yes, he should be batting fourth for us tomorrow. 

cduran
cduran

He's extremely polished for minor league ball he could be a 280 25hr guy

dminches
dminches

@John Kranzley Yes.  Not even close.  


Dead bat?  He is slumping.  Was his bat dead when he was hitting over .300?  He's a kid.  Give him time to develop.  Do you think andrew jones hit .300 his first full year?  How about .231?

joe21
joe21

How is that a better deal than Jon Lester?

joe21
joe21

Because it is the Penn league and they were aleady planning on promoting him in August anyway. I would just prefer Lucie to Savannah, which is a black hole for LH hitters. See above, there are some asking for a promotion to ML which I scoffed at, but no reason not to move out of Penn

joe21
joe21

Negative, he would be destroyer by ML stuff and flame out. He is raking, but it is only NY PENN league. Patience will serve him

dminches
dminches

@John Kranzley That was a year ago.  We have seen how good Lagares is defensively.  He is a top 5 outfielder.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@sjm25 Well in fairness, they never finished the team back then.  We had no depth. 

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

And we have not seen from Kirk because he has never gotten the opportunity.

theglider
theglider

We've seen him for three years. He starts well then goes ice cold.

Why is it you call Lagares' bat dead but you defend a guy who hit .179 over his last month?

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

Because I look at full season stats to take into account slumps and hot streaks, and what I see is a guy with 250 at bats has a .670 OPS while a guy with similar defensive skill set has a .840 OPS and is in minors.

I am perplexed why one guy who slumps but still has good overall numbers gets sent down, while the other guy slumps and has pretty bad overall numbers continues to start and get defended by so many people.

Why?

theglider
theglider

Because they're not close defensively. And when Nieuwenhuis drops, like he did last year and the year before that, he drops hard. Over his last month he struck out almost half the time.

He didn't hit in the majors in three seasons. Find another favorite player. Nieuwenhuis had his chances.

jenkins
jenkins

@theglider Kirk and den Dekker are EXCELLENT  outfielders. That's not debatable.

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

Did I miss something or did Kirk start for a month straight? He gets like 3 starts where he goes 0-4 and that is classified as struggling for a month???

And this 3 year nonsense, the guy has 400 at bats TOTAL.

Can u really sit there and say he had his chance this year and didn't do anything?

The guy is only behind Lucas Duda in terms of OPS, which is WIDELY considered to be the best stat to measure all-around offense.

So we only choose to look at his last 20 at bats to say that's it, he had his chance.

Meanwhile Lagares goes 1 for 40 and that is ok.

mets63
mets63

@John Kranzley  You make too much sense.TC and Sandy dont understand.New Mgr. plays Kirk

theglider
theglider

Lagares actually has gone 8 for 43. So we're done. You want to make up numbers then go ahead. But I'm not wasting my time with that.

jenkins
jenkins

@theglider What? Lagares is 1-21 and 3-32 and well on his way to sub-.260.

These are the facts.



John Kranzley
John Kranzley

Seriously?

He starts every single day and has gone 1 for last 24. Kirk was starting 1 game sitting 2 and u point out the .180 avg?

The only fair thing to do is look at full season stats.

.840 OPS vs. .670.

It's not close.

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

Some people don't like looking at stats because it proves them wrong.

Or better yet, they will pull small samples of stats (like Kirk batting .179 over last month) to make their argument.

What they will fail to do is put any context around it - like Kirk has gotten all of 5 starts compared to Lagares starting every single day, and has done more in 57 at bats than Lagares has done in over 200 at bats.

The facts are this: Lagares has ZERO power, a TERRIBLE eye at the plate, and will continue to start EVERY SINGLE day because his defense is MARGINALLY better than Kirk.

It is ass backwards. U have a guy who has a better arm than Lagares, close range, and a MUCH better bat in the minors.

These are the facts. Let's see how much more we can spin a slap hitter with an awful OPS into a good hitter.