Marcus Stroman hurled six shutout innings as the Mets defeated the Rockies Thursday afternoon to open their doubleheader.
Marcus Stroman received a third-inning run Thursday and took it to the bank.
Such resourcefulness may have to become the norm for the Mets if they plan to stay afloat while awaiting the return of key lineup pieces.
One run and a cloud of dust was the recipe for the Mets in a 1-0 victory over the Rockies in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Citi Field.
Stroman fired six scoreless innings in which he allowed three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in carrying the Mets to a second straight victory. Edwin Diaz worked a perfect seventh to earn his ninth save.
Stroman (4-4, 2.47 ERA) has been a savior to a rotation hit by injuries. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of his 11 starts this season, stabilizing a staff that just returned Jacob deGrom from an injured list stint and hopes to soon regain Taijuan Walker. Also, Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard are on the IL, but not close to returning. On Thursday, manager Luis Rojas said Syndergaard has elbow swelling and won’t throw for at least six weeks as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.
“Since we have a lot of guys on the IL I just feel it puts a little bit more pressure on the guys who are in the rotation to kind of carry their load while those guys are out,” Stroman said. “I know once when we get them back we’ll roll. We have a ton of adversity right now, we’re playing through a ton of adversity and we’re putting it together, putting wins together.”
Jose Peraza homered leading off the third to give the Mets their only run. The blast was Peraza’s second of the season. He has emerged as the everyday second baseman over the last two weeks in Jeff McNeil’s absence.
Stroman allowed a single and stolen base to Ryan McMahon in the first inning and then didn’t surrender another hit until the fifth, when German Marquez delivered a two-out single.
“We have some absences of our starting rotation right now and this guy has given us length,” Rojas said. “What he’s done is he’s helped our bullpen stay fresh.”
Francisco Lindor’s glove helped prevent a possible Rockies rally in the second. After Brendan Rodgers walked, Garrett Hampson hit a sharp grounder that Lindor snagged diving toward the bag and flipped with his glove to Peraza covering second.
This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Mike Puma