Jacob deGrom’s otherworldly statistics aren’t the only reason the Mets’ pitching staff has posted the second-lowest collective ERA in baseball this season.
Marcus Stroman has been putting up All-Star caliber numbers, as well, and that continued when he pitched 6 ¹/₃ innings of one-run ball in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Padres at Citi Field.
The Long Island product allowed six hits — including a solo homer by Fernando Tatis Jr. — with one walk and eight strikeouts, improving to 6-4 with a 2.32 ERA in 14 starts this season.
When you combine Stroman’s numbers with those of deGrom (MLB-leading 0.56 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (2.07), the Mets’ top trio of starters is now a combined 17-8 with a scintillating 1.67 ERA over 35 starts (204 ²/₃ innings pitched).
Francisco Lindor also continued to heat up after a rough offensive start in his first season with the Mets, ripping a two-run homer in the first inning, his sixth of the year. Jonathan Villar (sixth) also went deep against reliever Pierce Johnson leading off the eighth to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.
Marcus Stroman held the Padres to one run over six-plus innings on Saturday.Robert Sabo
The NL East-leading Mets (32-24) plated three runs in 6 ¹/₃ innings against San Diego righty Joe Musgrove, the author of the first no-hitter in Padres history, on April 9 against the Rangers.
Those runs were all that Stroman needed to record his third…