Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers and actually had one of the worst outings of his season to date. That being said, the outing was still pretty solid it’s just deGrom has been unhittable for most of the season so the difference was noticeable.
In the first inning, the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead as Max Muncy crushed a first-pitch fastball into the Coca-Cola Corner in right field.
After the Mets took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning, deGrom gave the lead right back in the top of the fourth inning as he allowed a two-out, two-run double to Chris Taylor to put the Dodgers in front again, which did not change the rest of the night.
All in all, the 30-year old did not have a bad night as he still got a quality start tossing six innings (112 pitches, 70 for strikes) while allowing three runs, five hits, and three walks while striking out six. He did, though, receive the loss for the night.
DeGrom was disappointed with his outing and believes the sharpness on his pitches, or lack thereof, was the biggest proponent for his struggles.
“My changeup was terrible. My slider was good at times, but other times it wasn’t even close to being a strike. So I had one pitch, my fastball, that I couldn’t really locate. You’re trying to get big league hitters out with a pitch that you don’t really know where it’s going, and the other ones were garbage. I just wasn’t very good tonight.”
The right-hander also attributed his struggles to his inability to make big pitches in important situations and his command.
“For myself, I wasn’t able to locate my pitches like I have in past outings and I wasn’t able to make big pitches when I needed to.”
Despite this being deGrom’s first not excellent outing since April 10 against the Miami Marlins, in which he allowed four runs, he still boasts a very impressive stat line that includes a 5-3 record (that should be much better) with a 1.69 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 126 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings pitched.