Schwei's Mets Notes: Yet Another DeGrom No-Decision, Wrigley Field Grand Slams, More

John Schweibacher
September 04, 2018 - 9:00 am
The Mets' Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch against the Dodgers on Sept. 3, 2018, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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The New York Mets are 4-3 on their current nine-game road trip, but NL Cy Young candidate Jacob deGrom remains stuck on eight wins after another solid start on Labor Day.

DeGrom broke Tom Seaver's club record with his 20th consecutive quality start, but it came in another no-decision, as the Mets beat the Dodgers, 4-1, Monday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

DeGrom, who left with the game tied 1-1 in the seventh inning, now has 12 no-decisions this season. According to SNY's MetsBlog, deGrom has a 1.41 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings in those dozen games.

Here are the Mets starters with the most no-decisions in a season:

• 17  Oliver Perez, 2008
• 15  Masato Yoshii, 1998
• 14  Rick Reed, 2000
• 14  Jerry Koosman, 1978
• 13  (8 different times)

Brandon Nimmo's three-run, pinch-hit homer gave the Mets the lead in the ninth inning. Nimmo, who hit a game-winning, three-run, pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the 10th inning versus the Phillies on July 11 is the first Met with two pinch-hit go-ahead home runs in the ninth inning or later in a season since Jordany Valdespin in 2012.

On Sunday, the Mets won the rubber game of the three-game series in San Francisco, 4-1.

Noah Syndergaard threw his first career complete game, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out 11.

The last Mets pitcher to throw a complete game at San Francisco was Kenny Rogers, who went the distance in a 12-5 win on Aug. 15, 1999 at Candlestick Park.

It was the seventh consecutive game that Mets pitchers reached double digits in strikeouts, a new franchise record, striking out 83 batters over this span.

The Mets had six straight double-digit strikeout games twice before in club history. In August 2016, the Mets fanned 72 batters over six games versus Arizona and San Diego and struck out 64 over six games against the Expos and Cubs in April 1990.

On Saturday, the Mets outlasted the Giants, 2-1, in 11 innings at AT&T Park.

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Steven Matz struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven innings in a no-decision.

The last left-handed Mets starter to have a double-digit strikeout game was Jon Niese, who fanned 10 Cardinals in a 6-1 win at Citi Field on June 3, 2012.

According to the pitcher game finder on Baseball-Reference.com, the only other time a Mets lefty struck out 10 or more batters in a road game at San Francisco was Jerry Koosman, who fanned 11 Giants over eight innings in a 2-1 loss at Candlestick Park on Aug. 23, 1975.

On Friday night, the Mets were shut out, 7-0, by the Giants, as Andrew Suarez and two relievers combined on a three-hitter.

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The last time the Mets had three or fewer hits in a shutout loss at San Francisco was on July 16, 2010, when Barry Zito and Brian Wilson combined on a one-hitter in a 1-0 Giants win.

On Wednesday, the Mets avoided the sweep at Wrigley Field with a 10-3 win over the Cubs.

Todd Frazier hit a first-inning grand slam and drove in a season-high five runs in the win.

As Gary Cohen noted during the broadcast of the game on SNY, it was just the fourth Mets grand slam at Wrigley Field in the last 25 years, including two in the same game. The others were:
• Sept. 2, 1993: Todd Hundley (vs. Jose Guzman)
• July 16, 2006: Cliff Floyd (vs. Sean Marshall)
• July 16, 2006: Carlos Beltran (vs. Roberto Novoa)
• June 27, 2012: Scott Hairston (vs. Casey Coleman)

The Mets did hit one other grand slam away from home against the Cubs -- Benny Agbayani’s go-ahead, 11th-inning slam in a 5-1 win in Tokyo on March 30, 2000.

The Cubs beat the Mets, 2-1, in 11 innings Wednesday afternoon in the completion of the game that was suspended by rain Tuesday night.

Ben Zobrist’s bases-loaded RBI single in the 11th inning gave Chicago the victory. 

It was the just the sixth time in club history the Mets lost a game that went at least 11 innings at Wrigley Field. The others were: 
• July 29, 1965: Cubs 2, Mets 1 (12), Ron Santo solo home run
• Aug. 31, 1967: Cubs 2, Mets 1 (11), Al Spangler RBI single
• Sept. 24, 1975: Cubs 1, Mets 0 (11), Bill Madlock RBI walk
• April 23, 1978: Cubs 3, Mets 2 (12), Joe Wallis RBI single
• Aug. 11, 1991: Cubs 3, Mets 2 (14), George Bell solo home run

Happy Recap: Wheels Up: In his six August starts, Zack Wheeler went 4-1, allowing 27 hits, five runs, eight walks, 43 strikeouts and one home run with a 1.13 ERA in 40 innings pitched.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: (K)onforto. Michael Conforto struck out 42 times in August, breaking the Mets record for strikeouts by a batter in one month set by Dave Kingman with 41 in September 1975.