He may say he is fine, but manager Terry Collins feels Jacob deGrom is reaching critical on his ability to
In last two games, DeGrom has not been his All-Star self. He has a 4.45 ERA for the month of August, but a 9.64 ERA since the last start. What is causing his issues? It seems nobody can reach a general consensus.
If you ask deGrom, he responds:
“I feel fine.”
Ask his manager, Collins will respond with:
“This guy, to me, he looks like he is getting run down.”
Back to deGrom:
“I don’t feel tired at all.”
It appears the one man who works exclusively with the pitcher, Dan Warthen, knows exactly what the root of the cause is:
“A lot of times after a long year, young pitchers, you have these kinds of things, weird things.”
“It’s not the arm itself, but the after-effect on the bodies.”
In other words, the World Series was a brutal time on a pitching staff that has reached maturity and is not used to going so deep into a season. It was blamed for Matt Harvey’s issues this year and ending his season. The same could be happening for deGrom.
Now would be the best time to rest deGrom. He is slated to start against the Miami Marlins on Monday. They are one team he is struggling against this year. They are hitting a robust .340 against him this year and a solid .283 over the past three. In two games against the fish, he has only lasted an average of 5.1 innings. How long will the rest be? It could be one start or two. However long, just hope it solves the problem.
With the playoffs on the line, the Marlins is probably the most crucial series the team will play against this year. They stand between the Mets and the last wildcard.
You would like to have your best on the mound. Ironically, the best are all sidelined starting with Harvey and ending with, at least temporarily, deGrom.
My advice for Mets fans: Break out the TUMS, buy a defibrillator and have a psychiatrist on speed dial. The next three series are going to be the most emotionally abusive you have ever experienced.