NEW YORK — Mets ace Jacob deGrom could not assist however ponder his future on Saturday night time. With free company looming and the San Diego Padres taking Game 1 of the National League Wild Card Series, deGrom mentioned he went into his begin in Game 2 figuring out that if he did not pitch nicely, it could possibly be the final time he pitched at Citi Field as a Met.
“That went into my mind, but the hope was that we would win a baseball game and continue to keep playing,” deGrom mentioned.
He got here by way of, going six innings and permitting 5 hits and two runs on two walks with eight strikeouts in a 7-3 Mets victory. The win assured that deGrom would have at the very least yet another day to placed on a Mets uniform, on Sunday night time when the Padres and Mets will play Game 3.
DeGrom set the tone early, beginning off the sport throwing 12 pitches over 99 mph and 7 over 100 mph. He retired the highest of Padres’ lineup so as, putting out slugger Juan Soto and Manny Machado swinging. Throughout the night, deGrom primarily relied on his fastball — which topped 100 mph on 19 of his 99 pitches — and slider, throwing his curveball simply twice and his changeup six occasions. Sixty of his pitches had been strikes.
The Padres scored two runs off deGrom, the primary approaching a house run from Trent Grisham, his second in as many nights.
“I gotta tip my hat to Trent, that homer, I felt like that was a good pitch, and he just got to it,” deGrom mentioned.
The second run got here after deGrom walked Grisham to steer off the fifth inning, as Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar hit a game-tying RBI single down the right-field line. DeGrom threw 5 consecutive sliders in Profar’s six-pitch at-bat.
“That’s the one I wish I would’ve went fastball,” deGrom mentioned on the Profar at-bat. “Felt like I had a good feel for it; I just threw too many in a row to him, and he kept one fair.”
DeGrom mentioned he hit a groove in his final inning on the mound.
“Slider was good and fastball, really to [Padres first baseman Brandon] Drury, I threw one down and away the place I needed,” deGrom mentioned. “Early on, they were just a little bit off and not quite the height I wanted them. I felt like I made an adjustment there, and the sixth inning, I felt the best.”
After deGrom exited, Mets supervisor Buck Showalter made an uncommon alternative to usher in nearer Edwin Diaz within the seventh inning. With Grisham hitting two homers in opposition to the Mets throughout the first two video games of the sequence, Showalter needed to problem the Padres outfielder with the staff’s hardest reliever earlier than the highest of the San Diego lineup got here up in a 3-2 recreation.
Against Diaz, Grisham grounded out earlier than Padres catcher Austin Nola singled up the center. Diaz then received Profar and Soto to floor out to finish the seventh inning.
Diaz returned for the eighth inning. After getting Machado to floor out, he walked Josh Bell and struck out Jake Cronenworth. Showalter then got here to the mound to interchange Diaz with reliever Adam Ottavino, who struck out Drury to finish the inning.
Showalter mentioned he had no intention to have Diaz pitch three innings and end the sport.
“Where they were in the batting order, we had trouble with Grisham. I wasn’t planning on pitching a third inning with him,” Showalter mentioned of Diaz. “There were things that would have changed that; if he had two eight-pitch innings, I would think about it.”
Diaz requested to stay within the contest to complete off Drury, however Showalter mentioned he wanted him to be accessible for Game 3 on Sunday.
“I was feeling great. I thought I could get Drury out, but he told me that he needed me tomorrow and this was enough for today,” Diaz mentioned. “So, I said let’s win the game tomorrow.”