Game notes for April 28, 2021 6:40pm deGrom Day vs. Boston

deGrom’s ERA is 0.31.  That’s insane.

Tonight’s game is suspiciously at 6:40pm which is when all games should be.   The Mets’ next series is in Philadelphia, and in traffic that can sometimes take almost three hours travel time, so the Mets will play early tonight and then take tomorrow completely off because batting once an hour and standing on grass in ten minute increments is exhausting, especially when you haven’t been off since Monday.

The One True Ace is tonight’s pitcher. Jacob deGrom has 2.00 ERA over his last 80 starts since the start of 2018…That is by far the best mark in the major leagues in that span, more than a half-run better than the next-closest pitcher (Justin Verlander is second with a 2.56 ERA since 2018)…Since 1969, only three other pitchers have held an ERA of 2.00 or lower over an 80-start span – Greg Maddux, Clayton Kershaw and Pedro Martinez.

Jacob deGrom has the highest strikeout rate among all qualified pitchers, whiffing nearly half of all batters he’s faced this season (49.5 percent)…Meanwhile, tonight’s opponent, the Boston Red Sox, strike out less than half as often as a team, boasting the fifth-lowest strikeout rate in the majors (22 percent)…To compare, deGrom has nearly as many strikeouts (50) in his 29.0 innings pitched as the Red Sox offense has in their last six games (51).

Pete Alonso’s Last Game: 0-4, 4 K but let’s face it, all we really care about is his defense.

Pete Alonso | INF | .250, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB

Dominic Smith | INF/OF | .217, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB has been TERRIBLE.