Jacob deGrom caught Yu Darvish and Yasmani Grandal by surprise on Friday night. In the third inning of the team’s series opener, the Mets’ right-hander laced a single to left field for his 13th hit of the year, then hustled to second base on a pitch to Asdrubal Cabrera. The stolen base was the first of his career, not only marking a personal milestone but also the second stolen base by a pitcher in 2017 — following Jon Lester‘s surprising steal against Julio Teheran in July — and the first by a Mets’ hurler since Oliver Perez stunned Johnny Cueto in 2008.
The Mets stranded their pitcher to end the inning, and Darvish kept the Dodgers’ 2-0 lead intact after whiffing Cabrera and inducing a lineout from Jay Bruce for the third out. DeGrom, meanwhile, was similarly frustrated on the mound after pairing an eight-strikeout effort with three runs, five hits and two home runs in five innings.
The Dodgers currently lead the Mets 5-0 in the top of the seventh inning.
The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.
The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.
Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.
Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.