Jacob deGrom will be taking the mound on Saturday in Miami against the Marlins for his eighth major league start, with the hopes that he will finally win that elusive first victory on the season.
DeGrom (0-4, 4.39), has been victimized by a lack of run support from the Mets and over his last three starts he has allowed 13 runs on 26 hits, and six walks in 15 innings pitched.
Adam Rubin of ESPN NY writes that deGrom will need to pick things up soon with Dillon Gee getting closer to returning from the disabled list. The rookie can find himself in the bullpen or back in Triple-A, rather than Daisuke Matsuzaka reverting to a relief role.
“He’s been here long enough where, not that teams are seeing him two times, but there are starting to be films on him. And a lot of advance scouts are seeing him now,” Terry Collins tells Rubin about deGrom. “He’s got to go back to the same thing we’ve told him before, and that’s to make sure he uses all of his pitches. He has good enough command of everything he throws that he doesn’t need to sit on one pitch. If he gets behind in the count, throw a changeup or drop your breaking ball in. You’re going to get outs just as easy as trying to pitch with your fastball all the time.”
Collins continues, “It’s all a learning process with Jake. I know all he’s trying to do is give us quality innings. He’s not worried about wins and losses right now. He’s worried about making sure he gets deep into a game.”
“Well, when Dillon comes back I think there will be discussions about a lot of guys,” says Collins regarding deGrom’s status in the rotation.
Matsuzaka (3-1, 2.68) put in another bid for a permanent stay in the rotation by tossing 5.1 innings, allowing one run on six hits, with a walk and four strikeouts in the Mets 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday night. Dice-K wasn’t involved in the decision, but pitched well enough for the win.
DeGrom has the stuff to be a bonafide major league pitcher, just hope the Mets can finally put together enough runs to finally seal the victory.