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Jacob deGrom to return for streaking Mets vs. D-backs
Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets
- Arizona and New York begin a three-game set, the teams' first time facing each other since 2019. From 2018-19, the Mets went 10-4 against the Diamondbacks, including 7-0 at Citi Field, where their staff had a 1.43 ERA against Arizona.
- The Mets return home from a seven-game road trip, going 4-3 in Philadelphia and St. Louis. New York's pitching staff has an MLB-best 1.75 ERA at home this season and a 4.00 ERA on the road (14th in MLB).
- The Diamondbacks continue their road trip after being swept in three games in Miami while surrendering 27 hits. Arizona is 4-12 this season when allowing 10 or more hits and 11-4 when allowing fewer than 10.
- Since the calendar flipped to May, Pete Alonso is batting .381 with a 1.071 OPS. In seven career games against the Diamondbacks, Alonso has nine strikeouts and is batting .172, the second-lowest batting average against any NL opponent in his career (.167 vs. Reds).
- Josh Rojas is on a six-game hitting streak, tied for a career long, and has four home runs over that span with a 1.417 OPS. Rojas had just three home runs in his first 79 career games.
- During their most recent series in Miami, the Diamondbacks extended their streak of hitting at least one home run to 15 straight games but were held homerless on Wednesday and Thursday. Arizona's 15-game home run streak is tied for the longest in franchise history (June 18-July 4, 2012).
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Jacob deGrom is slated to return to the mound on Sunday when the New York Mets look to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner missed his last outing due to right lat soreness and will be stepping on the hill for the first time since April 28.
The 32-year-old deGrom let loose in a bullpen session on Friday and was cleared to start against Arizona. He will be looking to boost the Mets' winning streak to five games.
"Any time you're talking about someone that special, it's a relief whenever there's any kind of potential health issue," Mets general manager Zack Scott said prior to Saturday's 4-2 win against the Diamondbacks.
"It wasn't something that anyone thought was a major issue. He did throw his bullpen and was throwing 98 (mph) and looking good. So he's ready to roll," Scott said.
The right-handed deGrom has been superb in five outings this season, and has 59 strikeouts in just 35 innings.
Though his record is just 2-2, deGrom has a microscopic 0.51 ERA and has allowed just 16 hits and four walks for a 0.57 WHIP. Opposing hitters are batting just .136.
He has allowed more than three hits just once in five starts, and he also struck out a career-best 15 batters in one outing and 14 in two others.
deGrom has fared well against the Diamondbacks in four career outings, going 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.
Arizona's Josh Rojas, who had two hits on Saturday and is batting .452 (14-of-31) during an eight-game hitting streak, is looking forward to hitting against deGrom.
"I'm excited. I like facing guys that have that status," said Rojas, who is 1-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Mets' ace. "They're supposed to be the best in the game. His numbers right now are unreal and we've all seen what he's been doing this year, but I think when you play this game, your goal is to take down the guy that's on top."
The Diamondbacks have lost five straight games, and in the eyes of manager Torey Lovullo, it's not just the opposing pitcher that is the hurdle.
Arizona has repeatedly placed runners on base while losing the first two games of the series, but is just 4 of 26 with runners in scoring position.
"Just an awkward-feeling game," Lovullo said of Saturday's setback. "I felt like we had some opportunities. We continue to put guys on base. I thought our approach was a little bit better. We had some quality at-bats with men in scoring position. We couldn't get that big slug, and that was really the difference in the game."
Lovullo indicated that star center fielder Ketel Marte (hamstring) is close to starting a rehab stint. Marte was hurt April 7.
Diamondbacks right-hander Riley Smith (1-1, 4.91 ERA) will have the unenviable task of matching up against deGrom.
Smith, 26, has struck out 11 and walked eight in 22 innings. He has made 12 career appearances (three starts) and has never faced the Mets.
New York's Jeff McNeil hit a two-run homer in Saturday's victory, while offseason acquisition Francisco Lindor had two hits for the second straight game and stole his 100th career base.
The two players reportedly were involved in a dugout tunnel dispute during Friday's victory, but Lindor entered McNeil's postgame press conference on Saturday to give him a hug.
"It's fantastic playing with him," McNeil said of Lindor. "I hope to do so for a long time. He's going to be here for a little while."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 9, 2021