Shaky defense spoils another deGrom gem as Mets fall to Padres

Not every scout at Citi Field on Monday was there to watch Jacob deGrom — eight days out from the non-waiver Trade Deadline — but over the game’s first hour or so, they would have had a hard time ignoring him. Through four shutout innings, deGrom threw six balls and 31 strikes, facing the minimum and proving, in no uncertain terms, why he remains a dream acquisition for any contender with a pulse.

That deGrom — or, more accurately, deGrom and the defense behind him — ultimately cracked for three runs in eight innings, sending the Mets to a 3-2 loss to the Padres, did nothing to undermine his status as this year’s Justin Verlander, this year’s CC Sabathia, this year’s Randy Johnson, this year’s big-ticket pitcher who could push a contender to new October heights.

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