MLB: New York Mets at Colorado Rockies

Game recap June 18: Unsurprisingly Nimmo, surprisingly rest of team back the dominant deGrom

Ah, Coors Field.

The first play of Monday night’s game indicative of what was to come when Brandon Nimmo, who grew up two hours from Coors, continued his scorching hot play as he opened up the Rockies series with an inside-the-park home run.

The hitting

To no surprise, the hustling Nimmo was home to home in less than 15 seconds. Continuing his hot play, the should-be-All-Star was able to take his time in the seventh when he launched his second homer of the game. The 4-for-6, two-homer and four-RBI performance was one of many big nights for the Mets who are now winners of three straight.

In addition to Nimmo’s two roundtrippers, both Devin Mesoraco and Wilmer Flores homered and ate up the Rockies’ lefty reliver’s breaking balls.

On an obviously positive night, and perhaps the most convincing win in ages, the Metsies saw their young guns (other than Nimmo) show up. Michael Conforto, still looking to get back on track and given the perfect platform to do so in Coors Field, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs, looking like the player the front office and fans know he could be. Amed Rosario also joined in on the literal hit parade, as the young shortstop added three hits of his own to get back on track.

It appeared as if everyone was a contributor tonight offensively as the Mets finished the contest with a rousing 15 hits.

The pitching

Wait. Run support for Jacob deGrom?

Despite pitching in the world’s friendlest hitters park, everyone who has followed deGrom’s season was expecting him to at least limit the spiraling Colarado Rockies.

After recieving what seemed like zero run support the last, oh I don’t know, season, deGrom was given an early 2-0 lead that extended to 4-1 in the seventh inning. The Mets were an unfathomable 2-8 in deGrom’s last ten starts previous to last night’s game, during which the elite right hander has posted a 0.87 ERA. An incredible performance yet again, he straight carved Colorado up, limiting the opposition to just five hits in eight innings while striking out seven.

Unlike his counterpart, Tyler Anderson was ineffective for the struggling NL West unit. The southpaw coughed up three runs on seven hits and two walks. Colorado has struggled mightily the last two weeks, and its bullpen, which entered the game with an ERA just under 9.00 in the last 16 games, actually increased that number after allowing a tumultuous nine runs in just four measly innings.

In an offseason in which the Rockies emptied their pockets for relief help, they have actually compiled the worst bullpen ERA in all of the MLB.

Stat(s) of the night

– After his career performance, Brandon Nimmo is fourth, yes that’s right – fourth, in the MLB in OPS. The three batters that lead him: Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and JD Martinez.

– Jacob deGrom, who would be a Cy Young frontrunner if it weren’t for the unwarranted reliance on the win stat, leads the MLB in ERA and has a WHIP under 1.00 (0.99) in MID-JUNE. He is simply unhittable.


Photo credit: Ron Chenoy – USA Today Sports

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