OAKLAND, California – Jacob de Grom called his rare failure at the end of September unacceptable.
The Ace Mets got hit and lasted four innings before New York lost 10-4 to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday to see his lead dwindle in the NL East race.
“It happens. It’s very unfortunate that this happened. I’m very disappointed,” said deGrom, who was unable to hold the lead early on. it’s just that everything around is unacceptable and a terrible job for me.”
DeGrom (5-3) was marked by five runs and four walks – the worst start for two-time NL Award winner Cy Young since 2019. The right-hander has never faced fives.
In his last three starts, deGrom has allowed 11 earned runs in 15 innings. Four walks doubled his total the previous season.
“I kept thinking I was going to make adjustments, that was the goal, to slow things down, let’s make adjustments. I couldn’t,” he said.
The Mets have lost just the second time in nine games. Their lead fell to 1 1/2 games over defending World Series champion Atlanta after the Braves won 6–3 in Philadelphia.
“He spoiled us with a high level of service, like most of our guys,” said manager Buck Showalter. “I don’t think anyone has ever taken anything for granted. What he has been doing for a long period of his career is very difficult.”
Mark Vientos hit a solo home run on the Mets in second for a 4-all score. Seth Brownlidoff Homer in the third put the top five ahead forever.
Pete Alonso first hit a homer with two runs, his 38th at the Mets. Betting on an immediate 3–0 lead, de Grom gave up four tries in the bottom half.
DeGrom struck out eight or more points with or without one walk in eight straight starts, the longest such streak in major league history, but scored five points for the season.
In his last game against Pittsburgh, deGrom became the only pitcher to hit at least 13 batters without a walk in five innings.
Valdichuk took his first major league win in his fifth career start with five solid innings.
“It was amazing,” Valdichuk said. “I can’t think of a single guy who didn’t play an important role in today’s win.”
Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil stumbled trying to track Garcia’s shot and the ball went past him into the wall.
“He is always so good. I didn’t help him,” McNeil said of deGrom. “He is so good. It’s hard to see him have days like this. He’s one of the best pitchers in the world so he’s going to come back next time and give us a big game.”
Conner Capel scored one of the best three hits of his career and had a career-high four runs. He had an RBI ground and Shea Langelier also doubled in the top five run.
Capel Homered in fifth and Brown added an RBI single in sixth. A kept adding, with Nick Allen hitting an RBI single in the seventh.
Former outfielder A Mark Kanya hit the field to start third. He excelled in the first and hit twice.
Mets: 2B Luis Guillome out after hitting fourth. A knot formed on his arm. …CF Brandon Nimmo was dropped from the squad as a precaution after returning on Friday with a left quadriceps injury. He left Wednesday’s game after suffering a first-half injury, after which an MRI showed no structural damage. Nimmo will play the series finale on Sunday afternoon. Showalter didn’t want to take a chance with Nimmo due to a quick recovery from Friday night’s game and the coaching staff expects to be at full strength by Tuesday with a Monday off on Monday. … RF All-Star Game Starling Marte looking to return to a pivotal series with the Braves next week as he recovers from a non-displaced fracture to his right middle finger. He returned to New York on Saturday afternoon for further imaging tests. Starting pitchers also returned early. Carlos Carrasco as well as taijuan walker.
Athletics: CF Ramon Laureano is recovering from a PRP injection in his right thigh, which he chose to have because he was already on the sidelines and expected to miss the rest of the season with a right hamstring strain. He is expected to have a normal off-season to prepare for spring training and will begin his rehab program this week by returning to the team.
MOVEMENT OF THE COMPOSITION
RHP Max Scherzer (10-4, 2.15 ERA), after his 200th career win, faces A’s for the first time since giving up five earned runs in six innings in Oakland on May 27, 2014 while playing in Detroit. A send LHP JP Sears (6-2, 3.58) on the mound to face the Mets for the first time since he defeated the Mariners on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Atlanta Braves will “forever be known as the upset kings of October” for their incredible victory in the 2021 World Series as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration.
Biden called the Braves race “unstoppable and joyful.” The team visited the White House just over a week before the end of the 2022 regular season and the resumption of the Major League Baseball playoffs. The Braves are 1.5 games behind the New York Mets in the National League Eastern but have secured a spot in the MLB playoffs starting October 7th. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk expressed his hope that they would return to the White House again soon. .
In August 2021, the Braves were in disarray, playing at barely .500. But then they started winning. And they continued like that, winning the World Series in six games over the Houston Astros.
Biden called their performance “the greatest turn in history.”
“This team has literally been a part of American history for over 150 years,” Biden said. “But none of it came easy… people considered you. Hell, I know a thing or two about being left out.
The players lined up on stands behind Biden, grinning and waving to the crowd, but the player most talked about was a player who hadn’t been on the team for nearly 50 years and who died last year: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.
Hammerin Hank was the home run king for 33 years, dethroning Babe Ruth with a lefthand blow on April 8, 1974. He was one of the most famous players in Atlanta and baseball history, a keen chronicler of hardships. was thrown along the way, from the poverty and segregation of his Alabama youth to the racist threats he faced while chasing one of America’s most sacred records. He died in January at the age of 86.
“This team is defined by the courage of Hank Aaron,” Biden said.
McGuirk said that Aaron, who held positions at the team’s headquarters and was one of the few black leaders in Major League Baseball, was watching them.
“If he were here, he would be with us every step of the way,” McGuirk added.
The president often honors major league champions and some college athletic champions with a ceremony at the White House, usually a non-partisan one, in which the commander-in-chief pays homage to the prowess of the champions, poses for photographs, and leaves with the team jersey.
These visits were highly valued by the previous administration. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric regarding police, immigration, and more. Trump, for his part, did not like criticism from athletes or their expression of political views on the field.
Under Biden, the tradition seems to have returned. He hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House. On Monday, he joked about First Lady Jill Biden’s affections for Philadelphia.
“Like every Philadelphia fan, she is convinced that she knows more about everything in sports than anyone else,” he said. He added that he couldn’t be too kind to the Atlanta team because they had beaten the Phillies in extra innings the night before.
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was later asked about the team’s name, especially as other professional sports teams dropped names – like the Cleveland Indians, now the Guardians and Washington Redskins, now the Commanders – after years of complaints from Native. American groups over images and symbols.
She said it was important for the country to have a conversation. “And the voices of Native Americans and First Nations—they should be at the center of this conversation,” she said.
Biden backed MLB’s decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to protest Georgia’s sweeping new voting law, which critics say is too restrictive.