Jacob deGrom might be the NL Cy Young award front-runner, but he’s hardly the only compelling Mets starting pitcher these days.
Over the past five weeks, Zack Wheeler has been at least as dominant as his heralded teammate, raising hopes about what this rotation could become heading to 2019.
Friday night Wheeler received the deGrom treatment, as Mets bats went silent for him in a 7-0 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.
The Mets, who lost for the fourth time in five games, managed just three hits against lefty Andrew Suarez and the Giants bullpen.
Wheeler (9-7) allowed one earned run on four hits with nine strikeouts over seven innings in snapping a streak of 11 starts without a loss.
The right-hander has pitched to a 1.04 ERA since the All-Star break, during which he has gone eight straight appearances of allowing two earned runs or fewer.
Wheeler carried a shutout into the seventh that was broken by Chris Shaw’s sacrifice fly. Brandon Belt’s leadoff double began the go-ahead rally.
The Giants added cushion in the eighth on Aramis Garcia’s leadoff homer against Robert Gsellman. Belt stroked a two-run double in the inning before Austin Slater added to the outburst with an RBI single. Gsellman, Daniel Zamora and Drew Smith were each charged for two runs in the inning. Jacob Rhame became the fourth reliever used in the eighth and recorded the final out. The Mets entered play with a 4.91 bullpen ERA that ranked 28th in the major leagues.
Jeff McNeil’s first-inning double stood as the Mets’ only hit against Suarez until Austin Jackson’s bloop single in the seventh. But with runners on the corners, Jay Bruce hit into an inning-ending double play that kept the game scoreless.