For my last regular season recap, I get Cy-Young-to-be Jacob deGrom against will-he-make-the-postseason-roster Sean Newcomb. Sean pitched well for 5 innings, but he is in a no win position. If he pitches well, IWOTM, and if he pitches poorly he’s toast. If I were Newcomb’s agent, I’d point out that he matched the Cy Young winner on the scoreboard. But I’m not his agent.
So the Braves didn’t score for the first 8 innings because they were facing deGrom and the Mets didn’t score for the first 5 innings because they are the Mets. In the 6th, the Mets scored a run off Luke Jackson. He’ll make the playoff roster anyway. Jonny Venters pitched the 7th and Kyle Wright pitched the 8th, giving up a home run which landed near the Van Wyck Expressway to Michael Conforto and a more sedate homer to Dominic Smith. Neither Wright nor Conforto nor Smith will be on a playoff roster.
Ozzie Albies was deGrom’s 1000th career strikeout victim to end the 8th. At this point deGrom had hurled 110 pitches and the Mets gave the Braves a chance. All they had to do was score three runs in the 9th off Seth Lugo. That’s a lot of pressure! 4-3, K, F9. By my count that’s no runs. Tip your cap.