All afternoon, Jacob deGrom teetered on the edge, waiting for the anguish that would inevitably arrive, that had to arrive, that always arrives on the days that he pitches. In the first inning, a single through a defensive shift put deGrom in danger. In the second and third, the Mets stranded a trio of runners in scoring position. Even as they built their largest lead in two months, the Mets seemed vulnerable Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.
With two outs in the sixth inning, Wilmer Flores committed an error on a foul pop that would have ended the inning, extending deGrom’s afternoon that much longer. He responded in typical deGrom fashion: with a 95-mph fastball up in the zone and an 84-mph curveball in the dirt, striking out Scooter Gennett to cap his six shutout innings.
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