Mets ace Jacob deGrom made his third start of the spring on Thursday against a Nationals lineup that featured several regulars.
The 2018 National League Cy Young Award winner struggled a little bit, allowing two runs on two hits, two walks, and four strikeouts.
DeGrom admits that part of the struggle came from unfamiliarity with new starting catcher Wilson Ramos, “It’s still a work in progress. He’s new, he’s got to get used to what I like to do, and he’s done a good job asking us what we want to do. I think it’s just getting into those situations and really figuring out, seeing like my game plan and my approach.”
The Mets re-signed catcher Devin Mesoraco in the offseason to a minor league deal. Mesoraco was essentially deGrom’s personal catcher in 2018, he caught 21 of his 32 starts.
DeGrom gave up a sac fly in the first inning to Ryan Zimmerman and a solo homer to Adam Eaton in the third. He threw 60 pitches with 43 of them being strikes and all four of his strikeouts were swinging.
The right-hander has now allowed three runs (all with Ramos catching) this spring in seven innings. During that span, he has walked just the two, allowed five hits, and struck out nine.
DeGrom on the Nationals lineup featuring numerous regulars, “Probably pitch them different during the year. Spring Training is to get your work in, so you have a little bit better game plan in the regular season.”