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 Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.