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Mets News: deGrom May Need To Skip a Start


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Flushing, NY – It is September and the New York Mets have the comfortable lead in the NL East.

So manager Terry Collins and GM Sandy Alderson are busy behind the scenes plotting the possible postseason roster plans with 18 games left to play. And unless the Mets suddenly have an epic collapse, the magic number  to clinch their first division title in nine years remains at 10 after a one-sided 9-3 loss to the Miami Marlins Tuesday night at Citi Field.

One of the decisions is how to schedule a starting pitching staff in the remaining games, revolving of course on how much work has to be put in for that inevitable October playoff run. Matt Harvey for now, as assumed will miss another start and when he does take the mound not exceed more than what he has thrown.

Then there is Noah Syndergaard who will get the ball Saturday afternoon at Citi Field against the Yankees, and Steven Matz who will open the subway series Friday night. The final equation is Jacob deGrom who may be at the point of skipping a start or two, and Tuesday night the question was asked to Collins:

Does deGrom, who has been the Mets; best starter need some rest in order to preserve his arm for postseason baseball? And it becomes a more legitimate question after deGrom gave up six runs in 5.0 innings as the Marlins got to the right-hander scoring three runs in the fourth, and three more in the fifth inning.

The ERA is now at 2.64, and in his past five starts deGrom has seen the number rise to 6.41.  Certainly this is something the Mets don’t want to see in mid-September as they look ahead to October, adding to the fact that this was one of those rare games the Mets were never in, and it was attributed to deGrom not having location with the fastball.

One of those rare starts also when deGrom was ahead in the count and could not get the job done, especially when the count was 0-2.

“It was just a start where in the fourth and fifth inning, I couldn’t locate the ball and left it over the middle,” he said.  “I felt fine early in the game.” But now he has thrown a career high 181 innings, and that leads to questions about a pitcher who may be tired and needs to skip a start or maybe two.

And before the Mets get into another Matt Harvey situation with a limit of innings, and by no means is this similar to that controversial escapade of last week, there has to be concern. In his National League Rookie of the year season of last year, deGrom tossed 178-⅔ innings combined with Triple A Las Vegas and the Mets. Perhaps the innings this year have taken a toll, though the fastball which he has not been using as much was clocked at 93, and not at 98.

Collins said, “We’ve gotta make sure we get the ball down in the zone. That’s where he’s been struggling lately. He’s left a lot of balls up and been hurt.” The Marlins hurt deGrom and the Mets in five innings with ten hits, and though the Mets have the comfortable lead in the division that was still a tough hill to climb.

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