Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom played the role of stopper this afternoon against the Brewers, tossing eight scoreless innings as part of a 2-0 victory. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for New York.
The Mets had 10 hits this afternoon, which is akin to an offensive explosion for them. They didn’t get anything against Taylor Jungmann, who fired five scoreless innings before exiting, but Wilmer Flores hit an RBI double in the sixth inning and Lucas Duda plated an insurance run with an infield single in the seventh. It wasn’t much, but it was enough for deGrom on this day.
DeGrom cruised for the most part, allowing just four hits while walking none and striking out seven. He allowed a leadoff single to Scooter Gennett in his final inning of work, but managed to induce a double play grounder from Hernan Perez before getting Carlos Gomez to fly out. He threw exactly 100 pitches over his eight innings of work. Jeurys Familia, recently bothered by a groin injury, followed with a scoreless ninth inning for his 20th save of the season.
DeGrom has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts and now owns a 2.15 ERA and 100/18 K/BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings over 15 starts this season. He’ll almost certainly be representing the Mets in Cincinnati for the All-Star Game next month.
Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.
In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.
Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.
Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.