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Jacob deGrom did it once more.
The New York Mets right-hander dominated the Pirates in Sunday’s 7-3 win over Pittsburgh.
DeGrom struck out 13 — probably the most for a Mets pitcher who threw 5 innings or fewer. New York pitchers tied a giant league file with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning sport.
DeGrom allowed a leadoff double to Oneil Cruz then retired the subsequent 15 batters, 13 by strikeout. Sid Fernandez (June 30, 1986) and Oliver Perez (Sept. 12, 2006) every struck out 11 batters in five-inning begins for the Mets.
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DeGrom, the two-time NL Cy Younger Award winner, additionally set a giant league file by permitting three earned runs or fewer for the fortieth straight begin, breaking a tie with Jim Scott (1913-14).
Better of all, New York remained one sport forward of Atlanta within the Nationwide League East, with the Braves beating the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, 5-2. Consequently, New York can clinch its first playoff berth since 2016 with a win in opposition to the Brewers in Milwaukee on Monday night time.
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On the mound Monday will probably be Max Scherzer, who’s set to return from the injured checklist. SNY stories supervisor Buck Showalter mentioned the three-time Cy Younger Award winner has recovered from fatigue within the left aspect which landed him on the IL earlier this month.
MLB.com stories Monday is the primary day Scherzer is eligible to return from the injured checklist. The appropriate-hander made a rehab begin Wednesday for Triple-A Syracuse. Scherzer pitched 3.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits whereas placing out seven. He threw 59 pitches, 41 of which have been strikes.
When wholesome, the 38-year-old Scherzer has been lights out for the Mets, going 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 20 begins, gathering 153 strikeouts in 127.2 innings pitched.
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(The Related Press contributed to this report.)
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