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Mets Take Tough Loss to Rays 2-1

VIDEO: New York Mets Manager Luis Rojas along with stars Jacob deGrom and J.D. Davis share their thoughts after the team’s 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB action on 9/21.

It was a Cy Young Award performance for pitcher Jacob deGrom, but the bats could not back it up as the New York Mets (24-30) fell to the Tampa Bay Rays (36-19) by a final of 2-1 in Major League Baseball action on Monday night.

For deGrom he is hoping to join some very elite company, with a third consecutive National League Cy Young Award, if he is able to reach this feat he will join Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers in MLB history to win the award. The Mets starter was able to keep himself in the conversation with a career-high 14 strikeouts, joining Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden in recording multiple 14-strileout games in a season.

There was just one inning, where the Tampa Bay Rays were able to work a leadoff walk and then a homer by Nate Lowe plated in the crucial runs needed to help them win the game. deGrom was able to sit down the next 11 of the 12 batters and was able to join Rick Porcello and David Peterson as the first Mets trio in history to strike out 10-plus batters in three consecutive games.

One of the most telling storylines this season has been the Mets offense, a team that features such offensive threats like Robinson Cano, Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso to only name a few, always seemed as if there was just some piece missing this season. That piece could have played a huge difference in the success of this squad. The lone spark for the team came from Jeff McNeil, who had an RBI single in the bottom of the Fifth Inning.

The Mets will continue their series against the Rays with a 7:10 p.m. game that will be played on Tuesday (today). Taking the mound for New York will be Seth Lugo (2-3, 4.34 ERA) who will take on Tampa starter Blake Snell (4-1, 3.05 ERA). For Lugo he is looking to bounce back from a six-run performance in his last start, he wants to show the management team why they should keep him in the starting rotation so look for a strong start tonight. As for Snell, the lefty has only allowed one run over 5 1/3 inning, and looks to continue his fine pitching performances.

The action between the Mets and the Rays will air on the SNY Network.

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