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Todd Frazier apologizes to Jacob deGrom because Mets didn’t provide run support again

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Earlier, Craig wrote about yet another great start from Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom that went to waste against the Braves on Wednesday afternoon. deGrom allowed only one run on seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings, but took the loss as the Mets fell 2-0 and were limited to a measly two hits on the afternoon. deGrom is now 4-2 with a league-best 1.55 ERA over 14 starts.

While deGrom has been the pitcher of record, the Mets have scored a total of 31 runs across his 14 starts, an average of 2.2 runs of support per start. He has received two or fewer runs of support in seven of his last eight starts.

deGrom’s lack of run support sticks out because he has pitched so well but hasn’t been rewarded with the W’s, which are sadly still relevant when fans and pundits discuss the best pitchers in the game. As a result, Todd Frazier felt bad enough to apologize to deGrom after Wednesday afternoon’s loss, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Frazier said, “I told [deGrom] after the game: ‘Dude, I am sorry.’ I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know why we’re not producing for him.”

As Puma points out, it’s not just deGrom the Mets’ offense isn’t backing. The club has scored two runs or fewer in nine of its last 11 games. Unsurprisingly, the club has lost nine of its last 11 games.

Frazier didn’t have to apologize to deGrom because it’s not like the club is choosing not to score runs for him. They’re just not hitting and the team has had to deal with injuries to key players like Yoenis Cespedes. But deGrom can be affected materially from the lack of run support as it may have an affect on whether or not he’s an All-Star and whether or not he’s a Cy Young winner, both of which could also affect how much money he makes going forward. The soon-to-be 30-year-old has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining. Frazier, who’s been through arbitration and free agency, almost certainly understands this and that’s why he chose to apologize to deGrom.

Video: J.D. Martinez hits league-tying 23rd home run

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The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.

In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.

The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.