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Jacob deGrom's eight shutout innings put in bid to start All-Star Game

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom smiles in

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom smiles in the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Credit: AP / Jeff Chiu

SAN FRANCISCO - After wrapping up his dominant first-half, Mets ace Jacob deGrom said he hasn't given much thought to the possibility of starting the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

However, his eight shutout innings in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Giants couldn't have hurt his chances. It came before the man who will ultimately make the decision: NL manager Bruce Bochy.

"I'm happy with it," deGrom said of a first half in which he finished 9-6 with a 2.14 ERA. "There's a couple of games I wish I could have back but I'm happy with how the first half went."

DeGrom struck out 10 -- the seventh double-digit strikeout game of his career -- and walked only one in eight innings. The righthander retired 13 in a row before he was pulled after just 99 pitches.

At the time, the Mets led 2-0.

But even when Eric Campbell's ninth-inning homer upped the advantage to 4-0, manager Terry Collins said he didn't reconsider his decision to pull the pitcher.

"When he came off the field I told him he was done," Collins said. "When you lose that edge . . . it's a little late to put him back in there. And we're all about trying to protect these guys. It's all right. We won the game."

Even at the plate, deGrom proved dangerous, successfully executing a hit-and-run with a single to right in the seventh inning to help set up the Mets' second run of the game.

Earlier in the game, deGrom had been informed of the possibility of the play should Campbell reach ahead of him. So, when Campbell singled in the seventh, deGrom said he wasn't surprised to see the sign.

"You figure [Jake Peavy's] around the plate all the time so you're going to get something to handle," Collins said. "So, I thought I'd try it."

On the mound, deGrom once again showcased his blend of command and velocity, especially with the two-seam fastball that has become one of his calling cards.

"It's like a video game out there," batterymate Kevin Plawecki said.

In his last nine starts, deGrom upped his mark to 5-2 with a 1.36 ERA, further bolstering his case to start for the NL as Matt Harvey did in the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.

With plenty of rest heading into the All-Star Game, the Mets don't have reservations about deGrom being the starter.

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