Despite having left his previous start with shoulder soreness, Jacob deGrom took his turn in the rotation in the first game of the Mets’ doubleheader against the Braves on regular rest this evening at Citi Field. And he threw five scoreless innings with six strikeouts, two walks, and one hit allowed, and he made a hell of a catch on a hard-hit ball that right back in the direction of his glove.
The Mets scored more than enough runs to support deGrom and the bullpen, too. Jonathan Villar scored on a wild pitch during a first inning that included a bid of a head-scratching attempt to bunt for a hit by Francisco Lindor, which was officially ruled a sacrifice.
The big damage at the plate was done by Dominic Smith, who hit a bases-clearing, three-run double in the bottom of the fifth to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. That was important, as deGrom was taken out of the game for a pinch-hitter in that inning, having thrown 70 pitches and with the pitcher and team not wanting to push things too far given his recent string of various types of soreness.
Seth Lugo gave up a two-run home run in the top of the sixth, but Edwin Díaz retired the side in order in the top of the…