Matt Harvey is coming back to the Mets next year, but he may have competition for the role of team ace. Jacob deGrom is doing his best to take that honor, adding to his incredible rookie season with a dazzling display on Monday night. He struck out the first eight batters he faced and 13 overall while allowing three runs over seven innings Monday in a no-decision against the Marlins. DeGrom broke Pete Falcone's Mets record of six straight strikeouts to start a game and tied Jim Deshaies’ modern-day record. Pitching for the Astros, Deshaies struck out eight consecutive Dodgers in 1986. With a chance to set the modern record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game, deGrom gave up a single to opposing starter Jarred Cosart in the third, ending his streak. DeGrom's 13 strikeouts were the most by a Met since Harvey had 13 on June 18, 2013 in Atlanta.
MLB NEWS & NOTES
- The Baltimore Orioles magic number is down to 1 after the O's defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night at Camden Yards. The Orioles can wrap up the American League East tonight with a victory over the Jays and end a 17-year droubt since winning their last AL East title. Monday's victory puts the Orioles a season-high 30 games over .500 with Ryan O'Flaherty being the hero with a two-run fourth-inning homer to pad the lead.
- The Kansas City Royals pulled off a magical ending to defeat the Chicago White Sox on Monday night to win 4-3. Trailing 3-2, the Royals' ninth began with right-hander Jake Petricka retiring Omar Infante. Mike Moustakas drilled a double down the left-field line and Jerrod Dyson went into run for him. Alcides Escobar bounced into the second out and then trouble enveloped Petricka. Dyson, took off and running on the first pitch to Nori Aoki. Petricka's pitched turned out to be a wild pitch and Dyson came all the way around to score. Moments later Aoki doubled and Terrance Gore came into run for Aoki. And to finish off this magical win, Lorenzo Cain hit a ball that bounced over the pitcher's mound and Gore was able to run all the way around from second base to score the winning run!
- The Washington Nationals are on the brink of wrapping up the National League East tonight when they face the Atlanta Braves. Like the Baltimore Orioles, the Nationals magic number is 1. Stephen Strasburg blanked the Braves for seven innings, striking out seven, in a victory Monday. Strasburg walked none for the fourth straight start. He had been 3-7 with a 4.61 ERA against the Braves in his career, including a loss last Wednesday, but he had an easy time with the Braves last night.
Michael Morse (oblique) should be ready to return by Friday. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Morse was "tentative" during batting practice Monday, so it will likely take him another couple of days to swing with full intensity. The 32-year-old has been sidelined since late August with a strained left oblique.
Bryce Harper (flu) is dealing with the flu. The flu bug is being passed around the Nationals' clubhouse and apparently caught Harper. He was lightheaded during Monday's game which forced him to leave early. Consider him day-to-day.
Andrew Cashner spun a two-hit shutout on Monday in a 1-0 win versus the Phillies. Cashner struck out seven and walked one, needing only 92 pitches to finish off the Phillies. The 27-year-old right-hander remains hot, having gone 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last five starts coming into tonight. Now 4-7 with a 2.20 ERA, Cashner hosts the Giants on Saturday.
Giancarlo Stanton took to Instagram "selfie" on Tuesday to show fans how far he has come since taking a fastball to the face in a game last week. Stanton has a doctor's appointment today as the Marlins are still hopeful their MVP candidate can return this season.