Chicago, Illinois — Wednesday afternoon saw the New York Mets deepen their roster, with the GM Brodie Van Wagenen bringing in Marcus Stroman on the deadline day. The Mets’ fans, however, were disappointed that the organization failed to bring a fresh face to their bullpen. On the evening of the same day, the game against the Chicago White Sox provided some answers that were hovering above the Mets’ season.
Firstly, they showed that perhaps the fans were wrong in thinking that their bullpen required a change. Secondly, the team’s starters, led by Jacob deGrom, shone once again and proved to be one of the strongest teams in the MLB.
The Mets’ Justin Wilson conceded a leadoff single to Goins and gave himself a jam in the eighth inning. Up until then, it was a tied game. The left-handed pitcher saw another batter walk, but thankfully for the Mets’ fans, he managed to avoid a difficult situation with a grounder which closed the inning.
Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto produced RBI singles in the ninth, which meant they scored three runs. After them, Edwin Diaz went on the mound to show Van Wagenen he was right to bring him in. It didn’t go off to a rosy start, with Leury Garcia having a solo home run. However, Diaz closed out the White Sox after striking out Ryan Goins. The Wednesday night 4–2 win at the Guaranteed Rate Field signified the Mets’ sixth consecutive victory in the MLB. This is their best streak after nine wins in a row they achieved in April 2018.
After the game, deGrom spoke about the atmosphere in the team. He said that the players were going along great with the coaching staff, which was important for the team chemistry. The pitcher added that he would be unhappy with anyone’s departure, as the group is tight-knit. The players, according to deGrom, feel the trust and belief the staff has in them, and he hopes they can keep it going.
Eleven batters were struck out by deGrom, as he made the Southsiders having to do with only one earned run on five hits. The 31-year-old deGrom pitched 116 times in a seven innings’ work, allowing just two walks. A wobbly third inning aside, deGrom controlled the match all the way. In what was another dominant performance, deGrom retired ten straight opposition batters, starting in the third all the way to the seventh inning.
The White Sox deGrom’s counterpart, Lucas Giolito, had an amazing night as well. The 25-year-old right-hander pitched for seven innings, during which he reduced six of the opposition players to no hits. The following players had a combined 0-for-14 against Giolito, who only allowed three walks: Michael Conforto, Adeiny Hechavarria, J.D. Davis, Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, and Pete Alonso. The right-hander only let three players hit past him: Todd Frazier, Robinson Cano, and Wilson Ramos.
Once Giolito left the mound, the Mets could finally find their stride and started working on getting the win. It was 1–1 when Tim Anderson, Chicago shortstop, made a fielding error, allowing Ramos to reach base and take the lead in the ninth. After Ramos, J.D. Davis entered the pitch and followed it up with a single which provided the go-ahead run. Mickey Callaway, the Mets manager, switched Ramos with Aaron Altherr, a quicker player of the two. This change allowed the Mets to go up 2–1, with Frazier hitting an RBI single to right field.
Great Season for Mets
With the Mets in such a fine form they’re in right now, the White Sox committed too many fielding mistakes to be able to finish on top. Conforto produced a two-run single for the Amazins, with Frazier and Davis scoring home. New Yorkers had a lead worth three runs when Diaz went to the mound and recorded his 24th season save.
Since the restart of the league after the All-Star break, the Metropolitans have the lowest ERA in the MLB, with the pitching staff’s earned runs average sitting at 2.71. Callaway said that this bred confidence into the offensive players, as they weren’t under pressure to score on every occasion. Callaway added that knowing that the pitchers would be able to make the opposition batters struggle, the offense could be more relaxed, which resulted in stronger performances. It was easier to play, Callaway said, when players knew that the pitching staff was being as effective as they were.