“We’re trying to find a spot to push him back,” Collins explained. "“We’ve got a couple in mind, but I think he’s shown that he needs a couple of days here and there.”
The plan, according to Collins, would be to space out his outings a bit, though they have not ruled out skipping one of his starts.
DeGrom, 27, was 12-3 with a 1.43 ERA, during 15 starts from mid-May to mid-August. However, during the four starts since that run, he has a 5.40 ERA .
“You still see the stuff, it’s just the location is missing,” Collins said. “Sometimes when there is a little fatigue in there - even though you’ve got arm strength - you lose that release point.”
He is on pace to throw more than 200 innings in a single season for the first time in his career.
"Right now, we're focused on the short term,'' Sandy Alderson said earlier this week (Sept. 9, 2015). "We have the bigger picture in mind, but we have to get there first.''
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
The current turn through the rotation has Steven Matz starting tonight, Noah Syndergaard pitching Saturday (after being skipped in the rotation last week), Jon Niese starting Sunday, Logan Verrett pitching Monday in place of Matt Harvey and deGrom starting Tuesday. After that, who knows what will happen? If I had to guess, I'd say it'll then go Bartolo Colon, followed by an off day, then Matz, Syndergaard and Harvey against the Yankees, then Niese, Colon and back to deGrom, who, at that point, will have had more than a week off between starts. And, frankly, the way they're talking about him, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Mets give deGrom additional rest the minute they clinch the NL East...