Mets reliever Jeurys Familia gave up four hits and three runs, after which closer Jenrry Mejia allowed a game-winning RBI single to Jeff Mathis as the Mets lost to the Marlins, 6-5, on Monday.
The Mets bullpen entered the game having stranded 153 of 197 inherited runners, which was the second-best percentage in the majors.
Familia had not allowed a run in the five games prior to Monday’s game. Mejia, on the other hand, has struggled of late, having allowed six runs in his last 12 innings pitched.
Matthew Cerrone: I don’t have a problem with Terry Collins going to Mejia instead of sticking with Josh Edgin to face the right-handed hitting Mathis. Edgin, a lefty, has actually pitched better against right-handed hitters than Mejia this season. However, Mathis is hitting .183 against right-handed pitchers as opposed to batting .270 against lefties. So, I get why Collins did what he did. Plus, Mejia made a nice to pitch, off speed and off the plate. However, Mathis lunged, flicked his wrists and made just enough contact to float the ball in to shallow right field. The deciding run scored and that was that…
In either case, the game is on Familia. He was leaving balls up in the zone and had very little bite on his sinker. It was a bad combination. Frankly, he looked weak. The fact is, he’s thrown A LOT this year. He’s been a bright spot, but is looking like he may be out of gas. I give him a pass, since this is his first full year as a reliever. But, it’s a reminder that no bullpen is a lock, no reliever is a guarantee, and Sandy Alderson can’t ease up on improving his bullpen this winter just because it looked strong during most of this past summer.
Jacob deGrom struck out the first eight batters he faced Monday, tying a major-league record.
“Once I get two strikes on a guy, whether it’s 0-2 or 1-2, yeah, I’m trying to strike him out,” deGrom said. “I knew I had struck everybody out up to that point. But there in the seventh, I didn’t execute a couple of pitches.”
He finished the game allowing six hits and three runs with one walk, while striking out a career-high 13 batters, seven innings.
“That’s about as dominating a start to a game as I’ve ever seen,’’ Terry Collins said after the game.
“Every pitch, he knew exactly where it was going,” d’Arnaud added. “It was fun.”
Matthew Cerrone: I LOVE the behind-in-the-count change up and that Maddux-like back-door slider, which the Marlins often took on the outside corner for a strike. It’s a thing of a beauty and a treat to watch in action. He actually threw a 3-1 change-up at one point. He missed and let up a walk, but I like the creativity and confidence. These two pitches often left the Marlins guessing and swinging and missing at his fastball as if he was throwing 120 mph. He also had incredible, effortless command of his four-seam fastball. Basically, it was an impressive outing. He ran out of gas late, his delivery started to slip, he was out in front, hanging pitches and giving up hits.
He’s made 28 starts this year between Triple-A and the Mets, which is the most of his career. He should be the front runner to win Rookie of the Year, so I expect the Mets to keep letting him start through the end of the season. However, it will not surprise me see him start being pulled earlier in games to limit his workload.
By the way, Mr. Met wore a deGrom wig prior to the game, which was awesome…
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Terry Collins and Jacob deGrom discuss the Mets’ loss Monday to the Marlins and deGrom’s outstanding pitching performance >> Watch here
Jacob deGrom continues his mastery of the Marlins with his sixth straight strikeout to start the game >> Watch here
Jacob deGrom strikes out his seventh Marlin in a row to start the game >> Watch here
Jacob deGrom registers his eighth strike straight out, tying the modern-day record for consecutive batters struck out to begin a game >> Watch here
The Mets (72-79) continue their three-game series against the Marlins (73-76) on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Bartolo Colon (13-12, 4.14 ERA) will get the start for the Mets, opposed by Nathan Eovaldi (6-11, 4.29 ERA) for Miami.
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Jacob deGrom tied a modern-day Major League record by striking out the first eight batters of the game, but the Mets lost to the Marlins by the score of 6-5 on Monday night at Citi Field >> Read more at MetsBlog
Matt Harvey reached 95 MPH on the radar gun while throwing an up-and-down mound session at Citi Field on Monday. Harvey’s rehab is now complete for the season >> Read more at MetsBlog
The Mets will announce the status of manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson at the end of the season >> Read more at MetsBlog
Vic Black has a small strain in his right shoulder and will be shut down for five or six days.
Jeremy Hefner, who re-injured his surgically repaired UCL in August, is likely headed for a second Tommy John surgery.
Recap: The Mets dropped their series opener to the Marlins, 6-5, on Monday night at Citi Fiel
Need to Know: Mets starter Jacob deGrom dominated early, striking out the first batter he faced en route to 13 for the game. deGrom tossed six scoreless innings and was cruising into the seventh. Wilmer Flores lined a first-inning, two-run double that stuck for the first six frames.
Yet, the Marlins rallied for three runs off deGrom in the seventh, building a 3-2 lead. The Mets responded and thanks to Travis d’Arnaud’s two-out, two-RBI double and a bases-loaded walk to Curtis Granderson, the Mets led 5-3 after seven. But the Marlins answered with three more runs in the eighth off Jeurys Familia, and closer Steve Cishek notched a perfect ninth to seal the deal.
Game ball: DeGrom walked only one, extending his scoreless streak to 28 innings before allowing those three runs in the seventh. His 13 strikeouts were a career high.
Links: AP recap | Box
What’s next: The Mets will continue their three-game set with the Marlins on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. Bartolo Colon (13-12, 4.14) will take the ball for the Mets against Miami’s Nathan Eovaldi (6-11, 4.29).
Jacob deGrom ties MLB record for strikeouts to begin a game
Jacob deGrom opened Monday’s start against the Marlins by striking out the first eight batters he faced, tying a modern Major League record. The other pitcher to achieve the feat was Jim Deshaies of the Astros in 1986.