Every pitcher has several each season, and tonight was Jacob deGrom’s turn for his stinker. Coming off two spectacular starts, two batters into the game and deGrom was down by two runs.
By the time his night was through, deGrom had been rocked for seven runs on eight hits and five walks with two homers over 105 pitches in four innings.
“He was all over the place,” manager Terry Collins. “That’s the biggest difference between the other day and today.”
DeGrom threw 118 pitches in his last start, and Collins said that might have gassed him last night. Even so, Collins expressed no regrets he might have overworked him over the weekend against the Pirates.
For all the talk about preserving the Mets’ young arms, one would have thought – at least Ron Darling did on the SNY telecast – Collins would have pulled deGrom midway through the fourth inning when the Milwaukee Brewers broke open the game and then rolled to a 7-1 victory.
Then again, whom would he use?
The Mets used their bullpen for over six innings Tuesday and used it for another five innings tonight. They’ll need Zack Wheeler to do some heavy lifting because it is doubtful they’ll have either Josh Smoker (three innings Tuesday) or Josh Edgin (three innings tonight).
DeGrom wanted to hear none of that: “This one is on me. I was just bad.”
TODAY’S ANSWER: It’s yes. Wilmer Flores started at third and singled with Jose Reyes getting the night off. Even after Asdrubal Cabrera’s costly error last night, there was no way Collins was going to sit him.
Collins said Flores would play again Thursday, but said nothing prior to the game about going to a rotation system where Flores would play a different position each night that would give everybody in the infield a game off each week.
EXTRA INNINGS: For the second straight game Mets’ pitchers walked eight Brewers. … Michael Conforto’s two-out RBI double prevented the shut out.
UP NEXT: Wheeler (3-2, 3.83) is coming off a no-decision in his last start, May 27, at Pittsburgh.