Jacob deGrom was out of sight this afternoon, stifling the Cardinals for eight innings. The stifling included allowing only one hit, walking no one and striking out 11. His Game Score was 91, which ranks him second this season behind Corey Kluber’s 18-strikeout performance a week ago.
deGrom wasn’t alone in the heroics: Lucas Duda hit a solo homer in the sixth inning and a three-run homer in the eighth as the Mets cruised to a 5-0 victory. The whole game took two hours and twenty-six minutes. Getaway Day much?
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive during a simulated game on Saturday afternoon. He remained on the ground for a while before exiting the field with the help of trainers. He went to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and was released in the evening.
Per James Wagner of The New York Times, Tanaka entered the hospital with concussion-like symptoms but they went away. Tanaka underwent a series of tests, including a CT scan, and checked out fine. The right-hander will still likely undergo MLB’s concussion protocol.
Tanaka, 31, will pitch out of the middle of the Yankees’ rotation behind Gerrit Cole and James Paxton during this shortened 60-game season. Tanaka had an up-and-down 2019 campaign, finishing with a 4.45 ERA, 149 strikeouts, and 40 walks over 182 innings of work. He is entering the final year of his seven-year, $155 million contract, so he may enter free agency after the season.