“You’ve got to make pitches against a team as good as they are,” Collins said after the Mets’ 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. “It’s one of those nights. I thought he was OK.
Collins continues, “He’s got to learn when to be able to get them off the plate and when to not have to throw a strike. He’s going to keep running out there, so he’s going to get better and better.”
“I just look at how many balls were really hit hard tonight,” deGrom tells Rubin. “I mean, three or four were hit hard. The rest just kind of found holes and went through. I didn’t really make the pitches I needed to when I had situations with guys on.”
DeGrom lasted only 4.1 innings, allowing six earned runs, on six hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. In his last seven starts he is 0-4 (three ND), 41 innings, 42 hits, 20 earned runs, and 18 walks.
According to Collins, the Mets staff had instructed deGrom to be more active using his changeup on Monday, adds Rubin.
“I agreed with that,” deGrom said. “I spoke to [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] last week about throwing it a little more. I threw it quite a bit tonight. I left a couple up that got hit. It was pretty decent tonight.”
Atleast the Mets are allowing the young pitching prospect to learn through his mistakes, in the long run, it should make him a better pitcher.