The Mets (89-67) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (63-92) by a score of 8-1. DeGrom pitched 6 innings of 1-run ball, striking out 9, and allowing only 5 hits and 0 walks. The lineup, only featuring one regular starter in Michael Conforto, was 13 for 42 with 2 walks and 8 runs. The Mets complete the 4 game sweep and 7 game series sweep against the Reds.
The Mets scored first in the top of the first, after a single by Kelly Johnson and an RBI double by Michael Conforto. After a leadoff single by Eric Campbell in the 2nd, Dilson Herrera hit a 2-run home run to center to make it 3-0. In the 3rd, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Eric Campbell, and Dilson Herrera reached on an error and two singles, respectively. Jacob deGrom singled in Campbell and Herrera to make it 5-0 Mets, chasing Reds starter Keyvius Sampson.
In the 5th, the Mets tacked on a couple more. After walks to Campbell and Herrera, deGrom reached on a fielding error by left fielder Ivan De Jesus, scoring Campbell. Juan Lagares followed with an RBI single to make it 7-0. Kevin Plawecki added a solo home run in the 6th to make it 8-0.
Jacob deGrom was fantastic through 6. After a leadoff double by Skip Schumaker in the first, deGrom retired the next 14 in a row, 8 of them on strikeouts. He allowed consecutive singles to Schumaker, De Jesus, and Joey Votto in the 6th to score a run, but that was the only blemish on his afternoon. Erik Goeddel, Sean Gilmartin, and Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning each to complete the 8-1 victory and the sweep.
POSITIVES: Good to see the Mets can win this kind of a game, it may come in handy down the stretch when Terry wants to rest some of his regulars, but still play for home field advantage. DeGrom and the Bullpen were very good, and the offense was good, highlighted by Juan Lagares’s 2/5 and Dilson Herrera and Eric Campbell’s 3/4 with a walk (Campbell scored 3 runs while Herrera drove in 2 and scored 2).
NEGATIVES: Not many, aside from Kirk Nieuwenhuis’s and Anthony Recker‘s 0/5 with 3 strikeouts. Recker has almost no shot at the postseason roster anyway, but Nieuwenhuis has a small shot, especially with Juan Uribe hurt. Recker, on the other hand, may be playing his last games as a Met, especially with Kevin Plawecki settled at the big league level. Recker will probably have to sign somewhere on a minor league contract next season, assuming the Mets non-tender him in his first year of arbitration eligibility. His 0/5 lowers his 2015 average to .125.
WPA Losers: None under -.100
Worst Play: None under -.100