Fatigue has been an underlying issue for Mets pitchers in the second half of the season and playoffs, but Game 3 starter Jacob deGrom is hearing nothing about it.
The Mets’ All-Star pitcher cruised through the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS with 13 strikeouts, but labored in Game 5 stranding five runners in scoring position.
DEGROM: Poised and ready. (Getty)
However, he never gave up that one hit that could have changed the Mets’ season.
“I felt fine the whole time,’’ deGrom said. “The adrenaline definitely helps. This is the most I’ve thrown in a year. It’s tough to say if I had this many innings in the regular season how I’d feel. But, I think playoff time, the adrenaline definitely kicks in.’’
The Mets can take a 3-0 games stranglehold on the NLCS with a victory tonight behind deGrom, who clearly knows what is at stake.
Only one team in history – the 2004 Yankees – lost a 3-0 series lead.
“I think we have a lot of confidence going into this game,’’ deGrom said. “We matched up well against two great pitchers and we got a chance to take a 3-0 lead tomorrow. The guys are putting up runs for us, and our job is just to keep it close and let them do what they’ve been doing.’’
Confidence, however, is measured in part by an ability to forget.
In three career starts against the Cubs, deGrom is 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA, including giving up eight runs in 10 innings at Wrigley Field. In his seventh start of this season, deGrom gave up four runs on five hits and four walks in five innings.
After that game, deGrom went on a 16-start run where he posted a 1.44 ERA and opposing hitters batted .167 against him.
“I haven’t looked back at it too much,’’ deGrom said. “I know they weren’t very good starts. I’m going to flush that. I know this is the playoffs, so it’s going to be a good start for me.
“That’s what we play for. We play to get this chance, and you never know how many times you’re going to get it. So when you get this chance you want to make the best of it.’’
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