"He's got to learn when to be able to get them off the plate and when to not have to throw a strike," Collins explained. "He's going to keep running out there, so he's going to get better and better."
DeGrom allowed six straight baserunners before being pulled form the game in the fifth inning.
"You've got to make pitches against a team as good as they are," Collins said. "It was one of those nights, I thought he was OK."
The concern I've had for deGrom, which I talked about last week, is that, while he gets a lot of strikeouts, the opposition puts a lot of balls in play - worse, when he's pitching behind in the count, like he's been doing lately, they hit the ball hard. And, at the big-league level, that leaves way too much room for error. There will be nights the ball is caught, and there will be nights when the ball drops in. And, when the ball drops in, like Monday against the Cardinals, he's going to struggle.