New York Mets Amazin’ News, 6/20/17: Defeat in L.A., Jacob deGrom Wins NL POW (Highlights) 2
Jun 19, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) is congratulated for hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

In Game 1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets hit Clayton Kershaw, but couldn’t do much of anything else. 

Though many thought traveling to the west coast could solve the slumping and injured New York Mets, but it was not to be; at least in Game 1.

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Surprisingly, the club hit starter Clayton Kershaw, pouring on six runs in 6.1 innings. Unfortunately, the Mets pitching continued its disastrous ways as this time Zack Wheeler did his part to give in. Yet again, he surrendered early runs, seven to be exact, in just two innings.

The big man in the city tonight is Cody Bellinger who smacked two bombs, his 20th and 21st of the season.

Jose Reyes collected two home runs in the game while prospect Gavin Cecchini tallied his first career big league home run coming of Kershaw.

Jacob deGrom had one of the best two-game stretches the MLB has seen this year and was recognized appropriately, winning NL Player of the Week Honors.

While many elite starters are able to heat up due to favorable matchups, deGrom obliterated two teams that most believe are going to be contending this coming fall.

Last Monday, deGrom pitched all nine innings in Chicago, allowed just one run, struck out six, and the New York Mets took down the defending champions 6-1.

Most expected deGrom to come back to earth on Sunday against Washington’s scary offense, but he did the exact opposite. deGrom threw eight innings, had no earned runs and struck out six in New York’s 5-1 win over Washington.

During his dominant outing, deGrom ignited the Mets offense, hitting a solo homer in the third inning to tie the game at one. When a pitcher hits a home run and allows just one earned run over 17 innings against the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals, it is criminal not to award their dominance.

Outfielder Juan Lagares, who recently fractured his left thumb, underwent surgery on Monday. The Mets have reported that there is no timetable for his return.

The defensive specialist has only seen 262 at-bats since April of 2016 and has missed extensive periods of time due to injury over the last four years.

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Zachary Weisleder is a New York Mets Beat Writer for Elite Sports NY. Born and raised in Toronto, Zach is a diehard fan of his local Blue Jays, Raptors, and Maple Leafs. In addition to writing for ESNY, Zach is a passionate supporter of Syracuse athletics and exemplifies his allegiance through contributing for Fansided’s Inside the Loud House and The Armchair All-Americans.