Jacob deGrom stood on the mound for the Mets, meaning there weren’t likely to be any explosive eight-run innings posted by his teammates Saturday night.
In actuality, all their ace really needed was more than one single-run frame.
The Mets had responded Friday to manager Mickey Callaway’s lengthy meeting with COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen by posting an eight-spot in the first inning of a blowout victory over Derek Jeter’s gutted Marlins. DeGrom eventually received more than enough support one night later, with back-to-back homers by Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto in the sixth inning lifting him to a 4-1 victory over MLB-worst Miami at Citi Field.
DeGrom (3-4, 3.26) allowed one run on five hits, with one walk and eight strikeouts, over seven innings for his first win in six starts since April 3. He also helped himself with two hits of his own, including an RBI.
“I had a couple of bad ones in a row, but I wasn’t too worried,” said deGrom, who then took exception to a reporter’s question about his typical lack of run support. “The guys did a good job tonight. I don’t know what you wanted from that question.
“But we’re out there trying to put up runs every time I throw. I’m happy that we were able to score some runs.”