Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DeGrom vs. Zimmerman lives up to Hype as Nats win

NATIONALS 2 - Mets 1 

W - Zimmerman (1-0)
L - DeGrom (0-1)
S - Storen (1)

The Mets are proving one thing, two games into the 2015 season, they can match pitch for pitch with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals came into this season with five top flight starting pitchers, something that was supposed to be unmatched in the majors. Yet the Mets have hung right there with them. 

On Wednesday a terrific match-up was on display between the Mets' Jacob DeGrom and Washington's Jordan Zimmerman. Rookie of the Year vs. All Star. The match-up didn't disappoint. 

Both starters traded their fair share of zeros over the course of six innings of work, yet Zimmerman pitched a little bit better. He held the Mets to only one run on four hits, as New York's offense looked sluggish and off-balance all night. 

The Mets had a great shot at Zimmerman early in the game. After Travis d'Arnaud drove in the Mets lone run on a single to left, the Mets actually had the bases loaded on Zimmerman, but the right-hander got out of it by forcing Curtis Grandson into a groundout. 

The Mets never threatened quiet like that again. 

The Nats got two early runs on DeGrom when Ryan Zimmerman launched a two-run homer to left to put Washington up 2-0 in the first inning. That was all the scoring they needed. 

Now all the attention turns to Thursday afternoon when Matt Harvey makes his highly anticipated return to a major league mound after more than a year away from the game because of Tommy John's Surgery. He will square off with another TJS patient in Steven Strausberg. If DeGrom vs. Zimmerman was good, Thursday's match-up could be classic. 

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