Sports LEADING OFF: DeGrom faces Padres, D-backs coaching changes
DeGrom fans 11 in 7 dominant innings, Mets blank Padres 4-0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jacob deGrom kept up his dominance of major league hitters, striking out 11 over seven innings and pitching the New York Mets past the high-powered San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night. Francisco Lindor homered and doubled to back the latest brilliant performance by deGrom (5-2). The Mets ended San Diego's team-record 12-game home winning streak that began a month ago on May 5. In complete charge throughout, deGrom allowed just three hits and walked one. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has given up just four earned runs in 58 innings and has a 0.62 ERA. “Honestly, I try not to think about it (the miniscule ERA),” deGrom said.
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
DEGROMINATOR VS. EL NIÑO
The New York Mets' Jacob deGrom is 5-2 with a 0.62 ERA going into a series opener against San Diego and Fernando Tatís Jr., who is hitting .277 with 17 homers, 39 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.
DeGrom's ERA is the lowest through nine starts of any pitcher with at least 40 innings since ERA became an official statistic in both leagues in 1913. His 0.57 WHIP is the lowest since at least 1901 of any pitcher with at least 40 innings. Left-hander Blake Snell (2-2, 4.83) starts for the Padres.
NEW SNAKE CHARMERS
Exasperated by a run of brutal baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks shook up their coaching staff in an effort to stabilize their season. D-backs manager Torey Lovullo fired hitting coach Darnell Coles and assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske on Thursday with the team struggling to score runs and mired in a 5-30 stretch dating back to May 4.
Alonso powers Mets in return, deGrom beats Diamondbacks 6-2
PHOENIX (AP) — Pete Alonso homered and had four RBIs in his return from the injured list, Jacob deGrom pitched six shutout innings and the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory. Alonso said it's been impressive watching his team build a winning streak without him, but it felt much better to be helping out. “I’m happy to join the party again,” he said. Making his second start since coming off the IL, deGrom (4-2) allowed two hits while striking out eight and walking none. He lowered his ERA to 0.71, the best for a qualifying starter through May since Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Curt Short was at 0.64 in 1964.
The Diamondbacks named co-hitting coaches to replace the fired pair. Rick Short was promoted from Triple-A Reno and Drew Hedman was Arizona’s run production coordinator. The pair gets a tough first test, with Arizona facing Angels ace Shohei Ohtani to open a three-game home series.
KERSHAW VS. HOMETOWN TEAM
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (7-5, 3.66), a Dallas native, will pitch against his hometown team for the second time: He allowed four runs over six innings in a 5-3 loss at Dodger Stadium on June 17, 2015. He won World Series Games 1 and 5 on the Rangers’ field against Tampa Bay in last year’s neutral site championship. Kershaw has lost consecutive starts going into his outing against the visiting Texas Rangers and RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-6, 4.75), who is 0-3 in six starts since beating the Los Angeles Angels on April 27.
Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer is 5-4 with a 2.22 ERA going into a rain-delayed outing against the Washington Nationals. Scherzer is 4-5 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 starts against the Giants.
Right-hander Aaron Civale (8-2, 3.49) has won three of his last four starts going into his start for the Cleveland Indians against the visiting Seattle Mariners and right-hander Justin Dunn (1-2, 3.18).
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LEADING OFF: MLB crackdown coming, deGrom up, Glasnow down .
A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: ___ GET A GRIP Now that Major League Baseball has detailed the coming crackdown on illegal substances, pitchers must get prepared to command their stuff without the same sort of tacky aides. The commissioner’s office announced that pitchers will be ejected and suspended 10 games for using illicit sticky stuff to better their grip on the baseball. Increased enforcement begins Monday. Responding to record strikeouts and a league batting average at a more than half-century low, MLB said Tuesday that major and minor league umpires will start regular checks of all pitchers, even if opposing managers don’t request in