With the Mets’ season long since over and Jacob deGrom almost a certainty to get his 200 innings, it might not be such a bad idea to have him skip a start. After getting shelled tonight, 9-1, by the Phillies, deGrom is 2-6 in his last eight starts.
DeGrom gave up a career-high nine runs on ten hits in 3.2 innings. He’s given up at least five runs in three of his last five games. Something isn’t right with the Mets’ ace, and don’t forget he’s coming off surgery, so what’s the problem?
Of course, deGrom will want to pitch, that’s the kind of pitcher he is, but if he’s fatigued, that’s how he could re-injure himself, so, is it worth it to push him?
I’m thinking not.
“That’s always the possibility this late in the year,’’ manager Terry Collins said when asked about fatigue. “He couldn’t get the ball down. It was not a typical Jacob deGrom start.’’
DeGrom, as is always the case, was stand-up.
“I wish I knew,’’ was deGrom’s response to if he knew what went wrong. “Everything was flat and up in the zone. No excuses, I was terrible tonight. Everything feels good. I just wasn’t making pitches. It’s unacceptable.’’
Collins said nothing about skipping deGrom. He has enough on his mind trying to figure out who will pitch tomorrow, as after the game he announced Matt Harvey would be skipped.