New York Mets Series Recap: Mets Pull Off Second Straight Series Sweep Defeating Miami Marlins

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Dominant Starting Pitching

Apr 17, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets continue to get dominant performances from their starting pitching staff, namely Bartolo Colon and Jacob deGrom.

Fans were unhappy that Colon was named the Opening Day starter, but all he has done is pitch like an ace this season. In Game 2, he pitched another gem, allowing a first inning home run to Giancarlo Stanton and nothing afterwards. He now sports a perfect 3-0 record on the season, with a stellar 2.25 ERA. He is doing it very efficiently as well, as he is averaging only 84.7 pitches per game and going at least six innings in every outing.

deGrom has picked up right where he left off in 2014 when he won the Rookie of the Year award. He was a tough luck loser in his first start of the season against the Washington Nationals, but has been dominant whenever he steps on the mound. Like Colon, he is going deep into games, going at least six innings in every start, despite Terry Collins cautioning he may be on a slight pitch count to start the season.

That has not slowed him down, as he now sports a 0.94 ERA thanks in part to an 18 ⅔ scoreless inning streak. He also has a sterling 1.14 WHIP.

Part of the reason for the success for Colon and deGrom, and the Mets pitching staff in general, is that they are not walking opposing hitters. The Mets have the best BB/9 in the majors, as their staff combined has allowed only 21 in 105 innings, equaling a 1.8 BB/9. That is a phenomenal number, and a big part of their success.

They aren’t helping opposing teams to beat them, making them earn all their runs by manufacturing runs by getting hits and moving runners over. If that continues, the Mets success will as well.

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