Jacob deGrom’s Performance from Last Night’s Game
The Game 5 of last year's NLDS saw Jacob deGrom battled through adversity early on the game, but he clamped down to keep the New York Mets playoff hopes alive and well. DeGrom took the mound on Tuesday night in Los Angeles and allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings to earn a no-decision in the Mets’ 3-2 loss to the Dodgers.
The Amazin's Ace toed the rubber at Dodger stadium for the first time since his thrilling victory from the last fall’s NLDS. He surrendered from two runs in the first inning on the back-to-back doubles from players like Chase Utley, @Corey and Adrian Gonzalez run-scoring sacrifice. He held the Dodgers into a scoreless round for the rest of his outing, despite the falling into treacherous jams in the second and third innings.
“This night showed that Jake deGrom is made of,” manager Terry Collins said. “We all talk about the plus stuff. He’s fighting through some mechanical things right now, and this guys was in trouble for the first five innings. That tells me a lot about him.”
"You kind of realize that you don't have your best stuff," deGrom said. "My stuff was kind of flat in the zone. I tried to make an adjustment in the game to try to get my front side up. It's still a little low." The pitcher said he’s still having trouble with correcting a mechanical issue that cropped up during his previous start against the San Diego Padres, when he gave up three runs over five innings.
DeGrom’s elbow has been dipping below his shoulder and his stride also been too far towards the first base, resulting in his arm dragging and the pitches coming in flat towards the plate. He’s falling off to the first-base side and his front shoulder is not where it should be when it comes to pitching. This leads into a loss of command. This is not a velocity issue, it’s more like the command from his elbow.
DeGrom called the outing “a mental battle” and now 3-1 with a 2.12. ERA in five starts this year.
“I don’t think it’s a major adjustment on my side day. It will be in my mind to just get that front side up a bit and staying closed a little longer,” deGrom said. We hope he gets better for the next season.