The Mets pitching this year has been the one aspect of their team that has been consistent and dominant since the start of the season. However recently their pitching has struggled down the final stretch of the season. DeGrom who was the team’s only all star and arguably the team’s most valuable player has struggled in his last couple of outings and has Terry Collins and the fans worried about the rest of the season and their run in the playoffs.
Now the Mets have grown their lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL east to the point where all concerns are pointed towards the playoffs and surprisingly their pitching has become one. deGrom (13-8, 2.64 ERA) had been having a CY young quality season until the last month of the season. In his last 4 starts the team is 1-3. Over that same span he is 1-2 and has given up 13 runs in 24 innings, which is far from the below 2 ERA he had in August.
deGrom’s recent cold streak has sparked conversations that the team should rest him for the playoffs by skipping a start. In his last outing against the Marlins the quality of his pitches dramatically fell off after about the 3 inning. He lost command and wasn’t reaching his normal top speeds.
However Terry Collins disagreed with opinions to rest their ace late in the season.
“The one thing we cannot forget is, we are in a pennant race, we are at the end of the season,” Collins said. “We do not need to be getting rid of our best pitchers and letting them sit on the side for a while. “If we decide to skip him, we skip him. We’ve got some games in between. We’ll see what goes on.”
deGrom also dismissed allegations that he needs rest after the game. I feel fine,” deGrom insisted “That decision is up to them,” he added. “I’d like to keep pitching. But that’s out of my control.”
Mets pitching has featured one of the best staffs in baseball. Their rotation is so good that pressure on deGrom to regain his touch shouldn’t be so bad in the closing weeks of the season. However if this team is going to have a deep post season run they will need their best pitcher in top form. So it will be interesting to watch deGrom in his last couple of outings before the playoffs to see if he can get back on track.