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New York Mets’ ace Jacob deGrom (9-3, 3.65 ERA) is coming off one of the worst games he’s had this season but he’ll be attempting to start strong as he opens up the Mets’ first game after the All-Star break. He’s going up against Colorado Rockies’ Jon Gray (2-0, 3.75 ERA), who recently came off an injury, at Citi Field.
Jacob deGrom, Photo Credit: MLB
deGrom gave up eight hits, four runs, and a season high four homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in his last game before the All-Star break. He’s not having a good year after giving up five or more runs thrice in just the first half of the season. However, he’s been able to reach double digit strikeouts in six of the 17 games he’s played so far in the year while he only did that once last season.
Jon Gray, Photo Credit: MLB
As for Gray, he’s only played five games in this season so far. He just came off two decent games since returning from a left foot navicular stress fracture, which he got after three innings against the San Francisco Giants last April 13. Ever since he came back, he’s gotten two wins and a 3.21 ERA with 10 surprising strikeouts in his first game back.
New York Mets vs Gray, Photo Credit: MLB
Jay Bruce, Photo Credit: MLB
Jay Bruce (.266/.334/.538, .872 OPS) is one of the Mets’ hitters who could potentially pose a problem to Gray. He’s had seven hits and three homers in his past four games while he’s gotten two hits, one run, and one homer in three at bats against Gray.
Colorado Rockies vs deGrom, Photo Credit: MLB
Carlos Gonzales, Photo Credit: MLB
Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, Gerardo Parra, and Mark Reynolds have all been struggling against deGrom. Those are five of the best batters in the Rockies’ lineup while Carlos Gonzales remains as the lone bright spot against the righty. He got three hits, two runs, and one homer in seven at bats with a .429/.556/1.000 stat line and a 1.556 OPS against the deGrom.
The Rockies seem to have a weak spot when it comes to deGrom. A batting average of 0.070 among five of your best hitters doesn’t look good, especially for a team who’s got the fifth best offense in the league with 461 runs so far. Even if the Rockies could count on another decent game from Gray, it might not be enough to be their saving grace.
Projected Winner: New York Mets