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Due to rain and decision making by the Mets, Cy Young contender Jacob deGrom will likely start only four games between now and the end of the season instead of five.
The Mets scratched deGrom from Sunday's start against the Phillies at Citi Field due to the concern that rain would lead to his start being shortened. Because of that, they pushed his start to Monday, when the forecast was far worse.
Sunday's game started 20 minutes late, with Corey Oswalt getting the start, and was not delayed after the first pitch.
At around 3 p.m. on Monday, with it having rained in New York for most of the last 24 hours and with rain in the forecast until after 8 p.m., it was announced that Monday night's game against the Marlins at Citi Field had been postponed.
That means that unless the Mets start deGrom on short rest at some point between now and the end of the season, he will make only four more starts instead of five.
The Mets announced after the rainout that deGrom will start Tuesday and then start on regular rest this Sunday against the Red Sox in Boston.
If deGrom starts on regular (four days) rest between now and when the season ends on Sept. 30, here's when his starts will be:
Sept. 11 vs. Miami
Sept. 16 @ Boston
Sept. 21 @ Washington
Sept. 26 vs. Atlanta
With the benefit of an off-day on Sept. 6, the Mets could have kept deGrom on regular rest and skipped another starter such as Jason Vargas. Instead, they started Vargas and gave deGrom an extra day of rest.
DeGrom is head and shoulders above fellow Cy Young award contenders Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola when it comes to ERA -- his is a league-leading 1.68 while Scherzer is at 2.31 and Nola at 2.29. But deGrom making one fewer start than he was on track for will hurt him when it comes to innings pithced and strikeouts. And for those who still care about wins and losses for starting pitchers, it will deprive him the chance to get an extra win.
Or the Mets could elect to start deGrom on short rest once in order to get him an extra start. That would likely mean him starting the season finale on Sept. 30 against the Marlins at Citi Field.