Jacob deGrom threw 5 1/3 innings in his longest Grapefruit League outing of the spring as he and the Mets near their opening series in April against the Braves.
DeGrom gave up four runs and seven hits, throwing 72 pitches in his fourth start of the spring, as the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins 7-5. He gave up one run through the first five innings, then allowed hits to three of four batters in the sixth inning before departing.
"That last inning, I'm not real pleased with," deGrom said after the game. "Other than that, I feel good. I would say the third and fourth is whenever I started throwing the ball a little better. The first couple of innings I wasn't as comfortable as I've been in my previous ones."
DeGrom added that he didn't feel fatigued after throwing his most pitches in a game this spring.
Noah Syndergaard will be the team's Opening Day starter against Julio Teheran.Terry Collins has yet to officially name who will pitch their second and third games of the season, but he did say this past weeken that -- despite Sunday's outing -- he has been impressed with the way deGrom has thrown the ball this spring.
"From the start when he first came down here, he's been throwing great and we're thrilled that he's right on track to where he was two years ago, so that means a lot to us," Collins explained.
"Today we wanted to throw a few more changeups, so he's coming. It's all about feeling confident that all your pitches are working and he's probably got two more outings and he'll be ready to go."