Jacob deGrom has become, without a doubt, one of baseball’s unluckiest pitcher. No matter how many dominant performances he has, it seems to be impossible for the Mets to find a way to manufacture runs.
That was the case again today in a matinee with against the Atlanta Braves. DeGrom was perfect through his first three innings before allowing a double to Dansby Swanson with one out in the fourth. Freddie Freeman drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single that Brandon Nimmo misplayed to allow Swanson to score.
The 29-year old ran into trouble again in the seventh inning in which he allowed an RBI double to Ender Inciarte. However, with Johan Camargo at the plate, deGrom managed to pick him off trying to steal third. Had Inciarte not been caught, he almost certainly would have scored as the Camargo doubled later that at-bat.
The right-hander did manage to get through the inning unscathed as he struck out pinch-hitter Preston Tucker to end the inning.
Mickey Callaway decided to not send deGrom out for the eighth inning, despite having only thrown 86 pitches to that point. So his line ended up finishing his seven-inning start having allowed only one run, seven hits, and no walks while striking out seven batters.
Callaway’s decision came back to bite him, though, as Jerry Blevins came in for the eighth and allowed a solo homer to Freddie Freeman to extend the Braves lead to 2-0 which would end up being the final score.
However, the current National League ERA leader understood the reasoning behind the pulling him from the game.
“Kind of the reasoning behind it was they came up to me and talked to me and just said my last few starts, I was at 115, 116, and then I don’t know how many against the Yankees. [Callaway] said, ‘you’ve thrown a lot of pitches lately so you’re out of here now.’ I think it was just being smart and not trying to do too much.”
Even after receiving his second loss after this, deGrom still put the emphasis on his own job to not allow any runs when asked if there was any stress that results from pitching with such a tight threshold each and every inning.
“I don’t think so. I haven’t really noticed it. Like I said, I want to go out there and put up zeros and whether there are runners on or no runners on, that’s my goal.”
Todd Frazier actually apologized to deGrom after the game, still, as he felt it was the offense’s responsibility to give deGrom a chance to win.
On the year, deGrom has a 4-2 record to go along with a 1.55 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 113 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings pitched (14 starts).
Despite this, he has lost each of his last two starts and does not have a win since May 18.