Mets heavily booed after ruining another Jacob deGrom gem

Michael Conforto got booed. Edwin Diaz got booed. Jacob deGrom got shafted. Saturday afternoon at Citi Field had zero offensive and bullpen highlights from the Mets, turning what should have been a

Michael Conforto got booed. Edwin Diaz got booed. Jacob deGrom got shafted.

Saturday afternoon at Citi Field had zero offensive and bullpen highlights from the Mets, turning what should have been a celebrated deGrom performance into just another frustrating day for the stud right-hander.

DeGrom matched a career high with 14 strikeouts, but the Mets lost 3-0 to the Marlins in just their latest display of lineup and bullpen malfeasance to begin the season.

The Mets (2-3) managed just three hits and watched as their closer Diaz was removed with two outs in the ninth after allowing two earned runs. Conforto struck out three times and went 0-for-4. In the home opener two days earlier, he leaned into a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth to force in the game-winning run.

It was a second straight superb deGrom start that ended with a Mets loss. In Monday’s season opener in Philadelphia, he pitched six shutout innings (removed after 77 pitches) and watched the bullpen implode in the eighth inning.

On this day, he allowed one run on five hits over eight innings, reaching 14 strikeouts for the fourth time in his career.

Left-hander Trevor Rogers manhandled the Mets, allowing just three hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks over six innings. Brandon Nimmo’s double leading off the game for the Mets was the only extra-base hit against Rogers.

Michael Conforto faces boos during the Mets’ loss today.
Corey Sipkin

Boos for the struggling Conforto intensified in the sixth, with his third straight strikeout against Rogers. Pete Alonso followed with a strikeout, leaving runners stranded at first and third after deGrom had reached on an infield single to lead off the inning and Brandon Nimmo walked. The rally began to stall when Francisco Lindor was retired, preceding the strikeouts of Conforto and Alonso.

Jazz Chisholm Jr. jumped a 100 mph fastball from deGrom in the second inning, crushing it into the second deck in right field to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. Leading into that at-bat, deGrom had struck out four of the five batters he faced.

DeGrom’s strikeout of Rogers to end the fifth was his 10th of the afternoon, moving him alone into second place in franchise history (he was previously tied with Dwight Gooden) for games reaching double digits. DeGrom has 47 career double-digit strikeout games and trails only Tom Seaver (60) in Mets history.

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Mike Puma

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