Jan 31, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (1970) Nolan Ryan Ks 13 In A Three Hit Shut Out

Tuesday August 4th 1970:Gil Hodges reigning World Champion New York Mets (57-49) were in second place one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates, as they hosted Leo Durocher's Chicago Cubs (55-52) who were two games behind the Mets in third place.

The Cubs sent Joe Decker (2-5) to the mound against the young fire ball throwing; Nolan Ryan.

Even in the early stages of Ryan's career, in which he spent with the Mets, there were some fine Hall of Fame moments, this day was one of them.

Starting Lineups

After a quiet 1st inning, Ryan struck out the side in the 2nd inning & then the first two batters of the 3rd inning. He would come up with a pair of strike outs in the 5th & 6th innings as well. 

Ryan rolled along with a season high 13 strike outs on this day, as he shut out the Cubs out on a three hitter & walked five. The only hits were to Joe Pepitone, Billy Williams & Johnny Callison.

His run support came mostly from a new Mets player that year; outfielder Dave Marshall. Marshall had two doubles on the day driving in three runs.

In the bottom of the 1st, Bud Harrelson singled, stole second & went to third on Art Shamsky's base hit. Marshall doubled driving in Harrelson. Later in the 6th inning, Cleon Jones walked & came in on Marshall's second double of the day.

In the 7th Tommie Agee singled & stole second. He got to third & then scored on Jones' ground out, completing the 4-0 win.

In Ryan's next start he would take a loss at Pittsburgh but strike out another ten batters. He would match his season high of 13 strike outs on September 9th in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jan 30, 2018

Remembering Mets History (1968): Nolan Ryan K's 14

Tuesday May 14th 1968: The Mets young fireball pitcher Nolan Ryan would have his biggest strike out total so far just eight games into his career.

The 14 strike out performance would also be a Mets franchise record up to that point. It was an exciting time up to that pint as Jerry Koosman & Tom Seaver were also just starting out their brilliant careers for the Mets.

Gil Hodges Mets (13-16) hosted Dave Bristol's Cincinnati Reds (14-16) in front of 15,671 fans on a cool night at Shea Stadium.

Starting Lineups

Nolan Ryan began the game by striking out Pete Rose & then Alex Johnson. In the 2nd, he struck out Johnny Bench who was in his his Rookie of the Year season. In the 4th & 6th innings Ryan struck out two batters each time. In those innings he also allowed solo HRs to Tony Perez  & Lee May.

Ryan may have saved his best for last, as his fastball seem to blaze more in the final two innings. In the 8th after a lead off base hit to Rose, he struck out the side. He then struck out May & Bench to start out the 9th inning, before getting Tommy Helms to line out to end the game, earning the win.

Ryan went 6-9 with a 3.09 ERA for the 1968 Mets, he struck out 133 batters in 134 innings of work but also walked 75 batters. His 14 Ks on this day was his season high, as he would have four double digit strike out games on the year.

The Mets scoring all took place in the 3rd inning, off Milt Pappas. Ryan began the rally with a single, Bud Harrelson followed with a single as well. With two outs, Art Shamsky tripled in both runners & Ron Swoboda added an RBI base hit of his own, giving Ryan all he needed in the 3-2 win.

Trivia: Reds pitcher Milt Papas was traded to the Red from the Baltimore Orioles for Hall of Famer, Frank Robinson, who would contribute to the mighty Oriole teams of the late sixties & early seventies.

Papas had won 15 or more games four time for the O's, but just once after landing in Cincy. He moved on the Chicago Cubs where he no hit the Padres in 1972, nearly pitching a perfect game.

Jan 28, 2018

Remembering New York Giants History (1954): Giants Slug Six HRs & Don Mueller Hits For Cycle

Sunday July 11, 1954: In the opener of a doubleheader‚ at the Polo Grounds, Leo Durocher's first place New York Giants (57-26) pounded Fred Haney's last place Pittsburgh Pirates (26-55) 13-7.

Giants right fielder Don Mueller wasted no time, in the 1st inning he collected a double to drive home Whitey Lockman for a 1-0 lead.

In the 2nd, Monte Irvin lead off with a HR, his 16th of the year. Later Wes Westrum singled. Whitey Lockman then connected for a two run HR, his 13th of the year. Alvin Dark then followed with a back to back HR, his 10th of the year, making it 5-0 Giants.

In the 3rd, Hank Thompson lead off with a HR. Willie Mays singled and after Monte Irvin grounded out, Davey Williams was hit by a pitch. Westrum then singled bringing in a run. Pitcher Sal Maglie bunted & reached base safely.

Next, Whitey Lockman's sac fly brought in another run. Al Dark then singled bringing in Westrum putting two men on base. Don Mueller then tripled to right field, bringing in two more run making it an 11-1 ball game.

In the 4th Willie Mays hit his 31st HR of the season making it 12-3. Mays on his way to the 1954 MVP Award, would also hit 41 HRs. On this day he raised his average to .331, he would win the batting title that year at .345.

In the 7th, Mueller completed his big day with a solo HR. Don Mueller had a huge day for himself, hitting for the cycle.  All in all Mueller went 4-5 with four RBIs and a run scored.

Sal Maglie would earn his 9th win of the year and Marv Grissom his 11th save. The Giants increased their lead to 5 ½ games over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the NL. Pittsburgh took the second game of the double header that day.

Jan 27, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (1976) Mickey Lolich Tosses a Two Hitter

Sunday July 18th 1976: Tonight Joe Frazier's third place Mets (48-44) were hosting Dave Bristol's; fifth place Atlanta Braves (41-48). Carl Morton (0-6) (the 1970 NL Rookie of the Year) took on the Mets veteran Mickey Lolich (4-10). 

Lolich had come over from the Detroit Tigers, in a deal that sent the popular; Rusty Staub to the Motor City. 

Loilch's best days were behind him, back in the sixties /early seventies, he had been one of the game's best left hander's. In a deal that never made any sense, the Mets traded away Staub one of their biggest RBI guys on a team that didn't score many runs & brought in Lolich on a Mets team with a strong rotation. 

Starting Lineups

 Lolich had pitched a three hit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals three weeks earlier but tonight he would be even better, his best outing as a New York Met. Lolich retired the Braves in order in the first two innings.

In the 3rd he gave up a single to veteran Darrel Chaney, drew a balk call but then retired Jerry Royster to end the inning. In the 4th he gave up another single, this time to "the toy cannon" Jimmy Wynn. 

Lolich would retire the next 17 of the next 18 batters without allowing a hit, completing a two hit shutout. Although he struck out just four, the left hander was outstanding. He walked no one in the two hit shut out performance. With all the bad press & unpopularity he received in New York, his ERA was just 2.69 although he was 5-10 at the time.

The Mets provided some offense on a Felix Millan RBI single & Dave Kingman's 32nd HR of the year. Kingman was on a pace to hit well over fifty HRs that year, but he would only play in 33 more games that season due to injury.

Lolich would win his next start & then put in a nine inning one run performance on July 29th, only to have the bullpen blow it for him.

Jan 24, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (1999) Roger Cedeno Steals Four Bases

Friday May 14th 1999: Bobby Valentine's New York Mets (2015) were having a fine start to what would be their Wild Card Champion season. On this night they arrived in Philadelphia to take on Terry Francona's Phillies (19-15) also having a good start. Both teams were battling for a second place spot behind those pesky Atlanta Braves. The Mets one & one half game behind with the Phils a game behind them.

Mets pitcher Masato Yoshii went up against Chad Ogea in front of 21,074 at the Vet.

Starting Lineups

In the top of the 1st, Roger Cedeno reached on an error & advanced on a force play. He then stole third base for his first steal of the night. John Olerud followed with a HR making it 2-0. Mike Piazza drew a walk & Robin Ventura connected for a HR as well, 4-0 Mets. In the 3rd Edgardo Alfonzo hit a solo HR to put the Mets up 5-1.

The Phillies would hit three HRs off Yoshi, one from David Doster, another from Scott Rolen & Bobby Abreu hit an inside the parker.

In the 5th Cedeno reached on an infield single. He then stole second base, and advanced to third, tagging on an Edgardo Alfonzo fly ball. Cedeno then would score on Jon Olerud's sac fly. He now had two steals on the night.

Later in the top of the 9th, Cedeno reached on a bunt base hit, then stole second base & third base off pitcher Wayne Gomes. He now had four steals on the evening. He would score again o Edgardo Alfonzo's RBI single.

Cedeno was 2-5 with four steals & two runs scored on the night, taking full advantage of catcher Mike Lieberthal & Phillie pitchers. Cedeno became the second Met (Vince Coleman the first) in team history to steal four bases in a game.

For the Mets Masato Yoshi earned his third win of the year, with Turk Wendell, Armondo Benitez, & John Franco all helping out from the bullpen. Philadelphia's Chad Ojea took the loss. 

He would end up with 66 steals on the season and bat .313. In the off season he was traded along with Octavio Dotel in exchange for Mike Hampton & Derek Bell. The Mets won the 1999 wild card & got within two games of the World Series.

Remembering Mets History: (1960's) The Shea Usherettes, Diamond Club Hostesses & Players Wives

Back in 1964 when Shea Stadium opened during the midst of the New York's World Fair, it was a grand place. It was a tourist attraction & one of the biggest most beautiful ball parks in all of baseball.

One of its most interesting & good looking attractions, were the Shea Stadium Usherettes. An usherette is defined as a female hostess who greets & escorts a paying customer to their seat at a stadium or concert hall.

The Shea Stadium Usherettes dressed like the airline stewardesses of the mid sixties, in seersucker suits, with knee high skirts, sexy but yet very professional looking. 

Some wore the solid Mets color jackets & skirts with the Mets logo on their left breast. Others wore a blue & orange pinstripe style with bow ties. Both uniforms were usually accompanied by a hat.

The Shea Stadium, Diamond Club Restaurant also had its own set of ladies, they were hostesses that greeted & sat its patrons down to their seats.

While on the subject of Mets Ladies- here is a promotional photo of the 1964 New York Mets players wives at the Shea Diamond Club. Left to right: Jackie Hunt, Shirley Kanehl, Rachel Altman, Annitte Hunter, Martha Cisco, Nancy Willey, Carol Smith, Barbara Bearnarth, Beverly Cannizzaro, Madine Jackson & Marie Taylor.

Here is a charity event photo, with some of the 1968 Mets players wives. Standing left to right: Lavonne Koosman, Nancy Seaver,Yvonne Harrelson, Sharon Grote, Cecilia Swoboda, Nadine Jackson, Carol Kranepool & Barbara Weis. Kneeling: Caroline Selma, Ruth Ryan  Diane Bucheck.

Remembering New York Giants History (1937): Carl Hubbell's 24 Game Winning Streak Snapped

Monday May 31,1937: New York Giants Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell (King Carl or the Meal Ticket as he was known) had just set a record by winning 24 consecutive games. The pitcher with the high leg kicking delivery dominated the league for two seasons.

On May 31st, 1937 at New Yorks Polo Grounds, the NYFD had to turn away a crowd of an estimated 20,000 fans who did not have tickets for the game, for public saftey.

An incredible 60,000 had already jammed into the Polo Grounds and the surrounding hills, to watch Carl Hubbell continue his win streak. But it was on this day that he took his first loss in ten months losing 10-3 to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

One of the things that makes baseball so great are the unsung heroes, that shine for a day to break or spoil a record. Today it was Brooklyn Dodger, back up catcher Paul Chervinko, making his first MLB start of a short 45 game career. Chervinko would contribute with two RBIs helping Brooklyn defeat the Giants & beat Hubbell for the first time on the season.

Hubbell's win streak started back in July 1936. He was 10- 6 at the time. He went on to win his next 16 decisions leading the NL with 26 wins & an .813 winning percent.

In July 1936, he won three games in a five day span, shutting out the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0, then beating the Cincinnati Reds in relief. He came home to get a 2-1 win over the first place St. Louis Cardinals.

On August 19th his 2-1 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers brought the Giants within a 1/2 game of first place, a spot they would secure in the upcoming days.

Of Hubbell's 16 straight wins, 14 were complete games, two were in relief and his ERA was down to 1.86. Besides leading the league in wins (26) that year & winning % (.813), he won the ERA title (2.31), and  NL MVP award. The New York Giants won the NL by five games. In that years  World Series, Hubbell went 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

In 1937 he picked up where he left off, beating the Boston Bees in the second game of the year with a three hit shut out. He then defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in another complete game win. Next he beat the Cincinnati Reds pitching 6.2 innings.

He then threw three more complete game wins, beating the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates & St. Louis Cards. In his next start he beat the Pirates again to get to 7-0. On May 27th he came in relief & earned the win over the Reds in Cincinnati to get to 8-0 with a 1.73 ERA.

Hubbell went on to lead the league in wins (22), strike outs (156) & winning percentage (.733), en route to another NY Giants pennant & World Series appearance. During his streak he beat every NL team (except the Boston Braves) four to five times.

Jan 23, 2018

Remembering Mets History (1972): First Place Mets Ride On Eleven Game Win Streak

background: The 1972 New York Mets had started the season without their beloved manager Gil Hodges. Hodges had died of a heart attack at the end of Spring Training. The season also began late due to the first ever Players Union strike.

Yogi Berra the popular choice, was named manager. The better baseball choice may have been Whitey Herzog, the Mets head of minor league player development. But all in all the Mets spent 49 days in first place & at one point had a 6 1/2 game lead. Thy remained in first place as late as July 1st. It looked like they have had the horses for another pennant run.

That year they cut ties with fire baller Nolan Ryan, he was traded to the California Angels for Jim Fregosi. Fregosi was brought in for power but was past his best years & by the summer of '73 was gone.

The most important hitter brought in was Rusty Stuab, but he went down with injury playing in just 66 games. The Mets gave up three good future players to get him, Ken Singleton, Tim Foli & Mike Jorgensen.

Rookies John Milner & the NL Rookie of the Year Jon Matlack were both brought up in regular roles that year. The Mets also brought in one of the most popular players of all time, as Willie Mays came home to New York to finish up his Hall of Fame career.

Coincidently, Mays was traded to the Mets officially on May 11th just one day before the win streak began. How was acquiring The Say Hey Kid for motivation. What a time for Met fans.

The usual cast of Tom Seaver (fresh off his 1971 Cy Young season) Jerry Koosman, Tug McGraw, Bud Harrelson, Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Tommie Agee, Ken Boswell, Duffy Dyer & Jerry Grote were all there as well.

Starting on May 12th, the Mets had an eleven game winning streak. It tied their mark for longest winning streak in history up that point, last done in the 1969 Amazing Mets Championship season. The Mets did not win eleven game in a row again until the 1986 Championship season.

Friday May 12th 1972: The Mets hosted Charlie Fox's San Francisco Giants, after just acquiring Willie Mays from the Giants the day before. The Mets Gary Gentry went up against future broadcaster Steve Stone. After matching zeros through five, Gentry served up a HR to Giant short stop Chris Speier. The score stood at 1-0 until the home 8th. Pinch hitter John Milner walked, and Kenny Boswell doubled him in to tie it.

In the bottom of the 9th,  Giants reliever Jerry Johnson walked  Cleon Jones. Jim Fregosi singled & Eddie Kranepool was walked intentionally. Catcher Jerry Grote delivered the walk off game winning base hit, as the Mets won a 2-1 squeeker.

Saturday May13th 1972: This day was another great pitchers duel, as Hall of Famer Juan Marichal went up against young Buzz Capara. In the 2nd,Cleon Jones & Duffy Dyer both singled, Capra helped his own cause with an RBI base hit. It was the only run Marichal gave up in seven innings.

Capra was even better, shutting out the Giants while striking out seven (to Maricahl's four) through eight innings. Tug McGraw saved it, his fifth save as Capra went to 2-1.

Mothers Day, Sunday May 13th 1972: This was a historic day in Mets history, as it marked the first game for Willie Mays in a Mets uniform. (search centerfieldmaz for a more in depth post on this game).

Willie Mays led off to a standing ovation from the Shea crowd & walked. Bud Harrelson & Tommie Agee also drew walked from Giants starter, Sudden Sam McDowell. Rusty Staub then connected for a grand slam HR.

Although the Giants tied it, in the 5th inning Willie Mays hit one of his biggest HRs as a Met. His lead off shot off Don Carrithers proved to be the game winner, sending the Mays / Mets fans into a frenzy. Quite a historic day at Shea on a rainy Mothers Day.

Monday May 15th: Gene Mauch's Montreal Expos came to town with the young cast that had been traded for Rusty Staub, as well as veteran Ron Hunt. Hunt was the first Met to start in an All Star Game, back in the Mid Summer Classic of 1964 at Shea Stadium.

Jon Matlack went into the 9th inning, allowing two earned runs along the way. The Mets offense was led by a two run HR from Tommie Agee & a three run shot, breaking the 2-2 tie in the 8th by Jim Fregosi.

Tuesday May 16th 1972: This one had Tom Seaver up against the 1970 Rookie of the Year Carl Morton. Seaver wasn't at his best exiting in the 6th inning after walking in two runs, with a 5-3 lead.

The Mets got to Morton in the 2nd, sending nine men to the plate with just four hits, but two walks & a balk helped bringing in four Mets runs. Bud Harrelson had a two run single, Fregosi an RBI single & Morton's balk brought in the other run. Later Rusty Staub homered & Milner & Fregosi added more RBI hits.

Wednesday May 17th 1972: Tonight, Gary Gentry cruised to an easy win, as the Mets collected 17 hits scoring 12 runs, romping the Expos 12-2. Genrty went to 3-1 with one of the leagues top ERA's at 2.25.

Montreal's Ernie McNally struggling at 0-3 with an ERA over six, walked the first three Mets he faced in the 1st inning. Staub's sac fly made it 1-0. John Milner's double made it 3-0.

In the 3rd, the Mets sent 12 men to plate, scoring six runs, collecting six hits, with two walks highlighted by John Milner's three run HR. Milner had a big five RBI day. Harrelson & Boswell added RBI singles to go up 9-0. Later Teddy Martinez drew a bases loaded walk to make it 10-1. Jim Fregosi some how tripled, bringing in another run & Duffy Dyer brought him in with a base hit.

Thursday May 18th 1972: The Mets completed the sweep as Jim McAndrew & Tug McGraw out dueled Mike Torrez 2-1. Backup infielder Teddy Martinez two run single was the difference.

Friday May 19th 1972: The Mets went down to Philadelphia for a weekend series, with the lowly Phillies who would lose 94 games that year. On this night Rusty Staub collected three hits, his 5th HR of the year & three RBIs. Jerry Grote connected for a three run HR, his third of the year. Buzz Capra won his third game beating former Met & Tom Seaver's high school friend,  Dick Selma.

Saturday May 20th 1972: A double header sweep saw Jon Matlack beat Woodie Fryman & Jerry Koosman best Mike Champion.

In the first game Matlack went the distance allowing one run on five hits, getting his record to 5-0. The Rookie was also racking up strike outs & posted a 2.22 ERA of his own. It seemed the Mets kept pulling top pitchers out of their minor leagues, like it was easy. Tommie Agee's two run double off Fryman, in the 8th was the difference. Willie Mays also had an RBI double earlier.

In the night cap, three Mets pitchers & four Phillie pitchers went at it, as the Mets pulled out another one run squeaker 2-1.

Ed Kranepool & pitcher Ray Sadecki drove in the runs. Jerry Koosman earned his first win of the year, after a bad 0-3 start. This win came in relief.

At this point the Mets were 24-7 with a 6 1/2 game lead their largest of the season. They did remain on top of the East until June 13th, but Unfortunately they fell out of first for good ending the year 13.5 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in third place.

Sunday May 21st 1972: The classic pitching matchup of two Hall of Famers, Tom Seaver & Steve Carlton highlighted the bill today. Carlton would win 27 games in 1972, strike out 310 batters & lead the league in ERA 1.97, winning the pitchers triple crown as well as that years NL Cy Young Award. Seaver & Carlton would always seem to match up in these years of the early to mid seventies.

Not either ace's best day, Seaver went seven innings allowing three runs 7 Carlton went the distance allowing four runs. In the 2nd, Carlton's personal catcher Tim McCarver doubled. He was brought home by The Bull, Greg Luzinski. The Phillies got a two run HR from Tommie Hutton in the 4th.

Willie mays doubled & scored when Tommie Agee blasted a two run HR in the 5th. Mays was the hero once again, when he hit career HR #647, a two run game winner in the top of the 8th inning.

Seaver got the win getting to 7-1 with a 2.44 ERA. The Mets no doubt were showcasing one of if not the best staff in all of the big leagues in 1972.

Former Italian American Player: Steve "Bye Bye" Balboni (1981-1989/ 1993)

Steve Charles Balboni was born on January 16th 1957 in Brockton, Massachusetts. The six foot three right hand power hitter, attended Eckerd College & was a second round draft pick of the AL New York club in 1978.

Balboni became known as Bye Bye Balboni, for his long Hrs & some may say his frequent strike outs. He was a feast or famine type hitter.

In 1979 he bashed 29 HRs at A ball Ft. Lauderdale & then went on to have three straight 30 plus HR seasons at Nashville (1980) & at AAA Columbus (1981-1982). In those years at Columbus he was the AAA HR Champion. In 1982 his 32 HRs came in just 83 games & the following year he hit 27 HRs in 83 games.

Balboni would see brief action in parts of three seasons with the AL New York club, debuting in 1981 in four games. In December 1983 he along with Roger Erickson got traded to the Kansas City Royals for Mike Armstrong, who went 3-3 in three seasons & Duane Dewey, who never got to the big leagues. George Steinbrenner was so upset at the bad trade, that he tried to have it vetoed claiming Armstrong was injured at the time of the deal. The Commissioner ignored the accusations.

The Royals certainly got the best of this deal, as Balboni went on to hit 24 or more HRs in the next four seasons. In 1984, Balboni gave the AL Western Champion Royals 28 HRs & 78 RBIs, but he went down swinging 139 times (3rd most in the AL). That year he became the second big league position player to strike out in nine straight plate appearances.

In the Royals 1985 Championship season he led the team in HRs (36) which set a Royals record that still stands, & his 36 HRs were the third most in the league. He also led the team in doubles (28) and was second to George Brett in RBIs (112).

That season Balboni led the league in strike outs (166) and batted .243. At first base he led all first baseman in put outs & chances

Post Season: In the post season he hit no HRs & struck out 12 times in 49 at bats. He did hit safely in the final four games of the World Series & batted .320 with three RBIs, in the win against the St. Louis Cardinals. He also made the cover of Sports Illustrated sliding under a leaping Ozzie Smith during the Series. 

After two more years of hitting HRs in Kansas City, he was released in 1988 after 21 games when he was batting .156 with two HRs. He found new life in Seattle, hitting 21 HRs with 61 RBIs in 97 games, while batting a career best .251 for the seventh place Mariners. In Spring Training the next year, he was traded to the AL New York club for a minor leaguer.

 At age 32 his best years were behind him, as injuries & such limited him to fewer than 120 games each year. By this time he was primarily a designated hitter, as he hit 17 HRs in each of two seasons he played in New York. In 1989 he drove in 59 runs & hit .237 but fell of to a .192 average in 1990.

In 1991 he signed a deal with the Texas Rangers, playing in their minor leagues at AAA Oklahoma City for three seasons. After hitting 20 HRs in 1991, he went on to two more 30 plus HR seasons, even winning another International League HR title in 1993 with 36 HRs. He also drove in over 100 runs in those two seasons. He made a very brief MLB comeback in 1993 with Texas, playing in two games going 3-5, with two strike outs.

In his eleven year career he had 714 hits, 181 HRs 127 doubles, 11 triples 495 RBIs & 856 strike outs in 960 games. He averaged a HR in every 17.2 at bats which is 55th best all time.

Retirement: Balboni has coached in the Royals, Montreal Expos & St. Louis Cardinals organizations for many years. He runs the Steve Balboni Baseball School & is a scout for San Francisco Giants. He & his wife have three sons & live in Berkley Heights, New Jersey.

Jan 22, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (2015) Jacob deGrom Ks 10 in Two Hit Shut Out

Wednesday August 12th 2015: Terry Collins first place Mets (62-52) riding high ten games over .500 hosted Walt Weiss' 5th place Colorado Rockies (47-65).

Tonight the Mets Jacob deGrom had one of his best outings of the year as he went up against Jorge De La Rosa in front of 37,175 at Citi Field.

Starting Lineups

deGrom would blank Rockies very easily tonight, striking out at least one batter in every inning he worked striking out at least two three times on the evening.

His ten strike outs marked the fourth time on the year he had reached double figures in Ks, with a season best 11 strike outs coming on May 21st against the Cardinals.

He would allow just two hits, making it the second time on the season he had allowed just two hits in at least seven innings of work.

Tonight the win got deGrom to 11-6 with one of the leagues best ERA's at 2.02. He would actually go below the two mark after his next outing at Baltimore where he allowed just one run in 7.2 innings.

In the 4th inning, Juan Lagares singled, Juan Uribe doubled him in & he was driven in by Micahel Cuddyer making it 2-0 Mets. Yoenis Cespedes added a solo HR in the 8th, his 19th blast of the season as he continued his tear since coming to the Mets.