DeGrom is 4-1 in July and has given up five runs in 32 1/3 innings in July with a 1.77 ERA. In his last four starts, he's given up two runs in 27 1/3 innings.
“He’s been very good,” manager Terry Collins told reporters after the win. “We keep talking about it. I guess he has to go out each time and prove it. He’s been very good. He was very good today.”
DeGrom threw 109 pitches, a season-high, as Collins tried to stretch out the rookie right-hander.
Collins said he consulted with pitching coach Dan Warthen before deGrom was sent back out to pitch with over 100 pitches. Collins and Warthen chose to keep him in the game knowing deGrom will get extra day of rest - due to a team off day.
He didn't get as many swings-and-misses as he had been getting in previous starts, but he still looked great. His slider is so strong. I think what I like most is that he is really mature, 'wise beyond his years,' so to speak. He has a deep repertoire and runs effective sequences throughout the game, even Sunday when the Brewers were making him work.
The opposition is never comfortable in the box against him. They were fouling balls off, going deep in counts, but he never gave in. He kept working to find the out. The Mets have brought up so many young pitchers over the years, guys they kept trying and trying and trying, who could never figure out how to battle and deGrom already does it so well.