The Marlins avoided a sweep with a 6-4 win in the series finale, but the most distressing news for the Mets is the declining effectiveness of Jacob deGrom.
From the first to the fifth inning, his velocity dipped from 94-91mph, and what was previously reported to be the result of fatigue, now seems to more of a serious nature, as he signaled for the trainer while walking through the tunnel after his night had ended.
After the game deGrom stated he was fine, at least physically. He said he was “out of sync” and “frustrated. I didn’t feel great out there today,” noting that the problem is mechanical in that he’s falling too far off to the first-base side with his landing leg. “I walked four guys. I can’t put the ball where I want right now. I’ve got to figure that out.” (Newsday.com)
This latest bit of bad news comes on the heels of second baseman Neil Walker’s season ending back surgery, which is likely to end his short but prolific rein with his new team.
Jose Urena gave the Marlins the life preserver they needed to avoid sailing further out to sea in the very crowded NL wild card race. Urena went six strong, surrendering one run on four hits, striking out two.
Miami left fielder Christian Yelich continued to wreak havoc on Mets pitching launching a 3 run homer in the 7th off of rookie reliever Josh Smoker, to go along with 2 singles and 2 stolen bases. After dropping a routine fly for an error, he atoned with a mad dash, diving catch to center with the bases loaded and two outs, robbing deGrom of helping his own cause.
After Jay Bruce, whose bat is beginning to breathe life, put NY on the board with a solo shot in the 6th. He tacked on an RBI single in 8th, and later in the inning, with the bases loaded Michael Conforto hit into double play, and pinch hitting Yoenis Cespedes, representing the tying run, struck out swinging.
NY made the Marlins squirm in the bottom of the 9th when Asdrubal Cabrera came off the bench with blonde ambition, and belted a two run shot off of Fernando Rodney to get the Mets within 2. But the crooked cap wearing closer settled down, and retired the side.