NEW YORK — Following Jacob deGrom’s season debut, in which he pitched six sparkling innings, recorded two hits and an RBI at the plate and watched the Mets lose despite all of it, reliever Trevor May bemoaned that “Jake shouldn’t have to do everything himself.”
The reality is he might. For an encore on Saturday, deGrom matched his career high with 14 strikeouts at Citi Field, limiting the Marlins to one run in eight innings. It wasn’t enough. The Mets recorded just three hits all afternoon in a 3-0 loss to the Marlins, sticking deGrom with an 0-1 record despite his 0.64 ERA through two starts.
Dominant early, deGrom struck out four of the first five batters he faced, three of them on 100-mph fastballs. But when he delivered another triple-digit heater to Jazz Chisholm, the Marlins rookie parked it into the second deck in right field, which wound up being the difference in the game.
The Mets simply could not solve Marlins lefty Trevor Rogers or Miami’s bullpen, despite several opportunities to do so. In the first inning, the Mets put runners on the corners with no outs, but Francisco Lindor was caught stealing second for the first out and Michael Conforto struck out for the second. Conforto whiffed again in the fourth, then once more in the sixth with runners on the corners and one out. The Citi Field crowd booed Conforto following that strikeout.