Marcus Stroman put in All-Star caliber numbers as well, and that continued when he threw a 6 ¹ / ₃ of a point ball in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Padres at Citi. Field.
The Long Island product has allowed six hits – including a Fernando Tatis Jr. solo homerun – with one walk and eight strikeouts, rising to 6-4 with a 2.32 ERA in 14 starts this season. .
When you combine Stroman’s numbers with those of deGrom (top MLB 0.56 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (2.07), the Mets’ top starting line is now a 17-8 combined with a scintillating ERA of 1, 67 out of 35 starts (204 ² / innings pitched).
Francisco Lindor also continued to warm up after a rocky offensive start in his first season with the Mets, pulling off a two-run homerun in the first inning, his sixth of the year. Jonathan Villar (sixth) also went deep against reliever Pierce Johnson in the eighth lead to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.
The Mets (32-24), NL East leaders (32-24), had three runs in 6 ₃ / ₃ innings against San Diego right-hander Joe Musgrove, the author of the first no-strike in the history of the Padres, April 9 against the Rangers.
Those runs were all Stroman needed to register his third straight win, including two in a row against the Padres after also pitching 6 ² / ₃ of strong innings against them last Sunday in San Diego.
Stroman, 30, allowed just one runner to reach second in his first six innings of work on Saturday. Tommy Pham hit a single and stole second in the sixth, but Stroman responded by striking out Trent Grisham on strikes and abandoning Manny Machado on a Grounder in third. He finished with 10 strikeouts on the ground and just one strikeout recorded in the air.
“It’s just the thing, just how it plays out,” manager Luis Rojas said of Stroman ahead of the game. “You have to look at the radar just to see what [pitch] it was. Because from the side, from our point of view, everything has depth, everything moves and sometimes you see a hitter swinging in front, and you think it’s a change, and you see it’s a 94 pellet. [miles per hour] which just disappeared.
“His stuff is amazing, and that’s why hitters hit him and they grab him because he has this late sinking move. “
On May 27, Lindor has a slash line of .182 / .289 / .266 with just three home runs in his first 42 games, but the shortstop continued his recent resurgence by registering a fastball at 92 mph de Musgrove in the 7 line army. center-right fan section for his third home run in his last 13 games.
Lindor also scored the Mets’ third point against Musgrove after working out a first walk in the sixth. He crossed the plate on Dom Smith’s infield after Pete Alonso’s single on the right.
Early in the next inning, Tatis finally put San Diego on the board by crushing Stroman’s 0-1 cursor in the left seats for his 18th of the season, bringing the score to 3-1.
Aaron Loup replaced Stroman (85 pitches) on a walk, and the left-handed reliever teamed up with Seth Lugo (three strikeouts) and Edwin Diaz (12th save) to record the last eight strikeouts. the Mets’ third straight win and fifth in their last six games.