“That was awesome facing those guys,” deGrom said, admitting he was nervous during the first inning. “I watched Jeter growing up. I couldn’t ask for a better team to make my debut against.”
DeGrom also got his first hit, lining a single to center field in his first career plate appearance. It was also the first hit by a pitcher for the Mets this season, snapping an 0-for-64 slump.
Sandy Alderson is going to be faced with some difficult decisions. DeGrom showed last night that he's worthy of being in the rotation. He should not be in the bullpen, so long as he's pitching even close to how he pitched Thursday. Initially, the idea was to start with Montero in the rotation and use deGrom in the bullpen. It's my understanding the two may have eventually been flipped, in an effort to manage innings, with trips to Triple-A scheduled in as well.
Meanwhile, Jon Niese is pitching very well, Dillon Gee is expected to return from the disabled list within the next couple of weeks and Noah Syndergaard is going to warrant a promotion sooner than later. Bartolo Colon is under contract for two years and Zack Wheeler isn't going any place, at least not yet. It's a good problem to have. There is no telling what happens the next few starts for Montero and deGrom, but the poise they showed - against the Yankees, in that environment - was beyond encouraging. Choose wisely, Sandy...