NEW YORK — Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom looked unstoppable Friday night against the San Diego Padres, who could hardly touch him.
With every strikeout, the Citi Field crowd — now at increased capacity — roared. And when deGrom smoked a two-run single to help his own cause and chase his counterpart, Blake Snell, the ballpark erupted.
And then, that excitement turned to fear, worry and concern.
DeGrom departed the game after six innings because of right flexor tendinitis, the Mets said.
After deGrom finished the sixth inning, he entered the dugout and talked with head athletic trainer Brian Chicklo. Minutes later, Luis Guillorme went in the on-deck circle to hit for deGrom.
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom leaves the field during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres. (Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP)
This seemed like a cause for concern because deGrom had one-hit the Padres to that point. He had struck out 10 while walking none. The Padres looked helpless against him.
Jacob deGrom has now driven in more runs (5) than earned runs allowed (4) this season 🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/NITapA599X
In the top of the seventh, Miguel Castro took over for deGrom.
DeGrom on Friday lowered his season ERA to 0.56. According to MLB, it is the lowest ERA through 10 starts of a season since earned runs became an official stat in 1913.
Thanks to his two-run single in the fifth, deGrom now has more RBI at the plate (five) than earned runs allowed on the mound (four).
Justin Toscano is the Mets beat writer for NorthJersey.com. Email: [email protected]; Twitter: @justinctoscano
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