Mets, Michael Conforto strongly booed in excruciating loss

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Michael Conforto got booed. Edwin Diaz got booed. Jacob deGrom got caught.

Saturday afternoon at Citi Field had no Mets offensive and bullpen climax, turning what should have been a famous DeGrom performance into another frustrating day for the stud right-hander.

DeGrom tied a career-high with 14 strikeouts, but the Mets lost 3-0 to the Marlins in their last display of roster and bullpen malfeasance to start the season.

The Mets (2-3) only managed three hits and saw their closest Diaz knocked out with two strikeouts in the ninth after allowing two earned runs. Conforto struck out three goals for a 0 for 4. In the home opener two days earlier, he leaned over a pitch with goals loaded in the ninth to force into the winning race.

It was a superb second straight start in deGrom that ended in a loss for the Mets. In Monday’s season opener in Philadelphia, he pitched six shutout innings (put out after 77 pitches) and watched the relievers’ box implode in the eighth inning.

That day, he allowed one run on five hits in eight innings, hitting 14 strikeouts for the fourth time in his career.

Southpaw Trevor Rogers gave the Mets a rough ride, allowing just three hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks in six innings. Brandon Nimmo’s double in the lead for the Mets was the only extra goal against Rogers.

Michael Conforto faces boos during the Mets loss today.
Michael Conforto faces boos during the Mets loss today.
Corey Sipkin

The boos for the struggling Conforto escalated in the sixth, with his third strikeout in a row against Rogers. Pete Alonso followed with a strikeout, leaving the runners stranded in first and third after deGrom hit a field single to start the inning and Brandon Nimmo walked. The rally started to stall when Francisco Lindor retired, preceding the strikeouts of Conforto and Alonso.

Jazz Chisholm Jr. jumped a 100 mph fastball from deGrom in the second inning, crushing him in the second bridge in right field to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. Leading at bat, deGrom had struck out four of the five batters he faced.

Rogers’ removal from DeGrom to finish fifth was his 10th of the afternoon, placing him alone in second place in franchise history (he was previously tied with Dwight Gooden) for games hitting the numbers. two digits. DeGrom has 47 career double-digit retirement games and only trails Tom Seaver (60) in Mets history.

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