Just hours after manager Mickey Callaway said Jacob deGrom wouldn't start on short rest unless the team was in the midst of a playoff run, the Mets' ace responded by saying he'd lobby for it.
DeGrom is in line to finish with fewer outings than anticipated after his most recent start was pushed back due to rain. He will pitch three more times this season instead of four, Callaway said just hours before deGrom went on to strike out nine batters in seven innings against the Marlins.
But deGrom seems to believe he has an opportunity to at least make his case for another start.
"I would definitely lobby for that"- SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) September 12, 2018
If it will help him win the Cy Young, Jacob deGrom wants to pitch on short rest. pic.twitter.com/xitWcQMJeF
"I would definitely lobby for that," deGrom said after Tuesday's loss. "So we'll see."
With the season winding down, deGrom is making his case for NL Cy Young and has continued to thrive. His ERA currently sits at 1.71 ERA and he broke a record on Tuesday by limiting his opponent to three runs or fewer for a 26th straight outing.
"Pitching is all about run prevention, no matter how you do it," Callaway said after Tuesday's game. "All the things that Jacob's done this year is all about run prevention, and he's been by far the best in Major League Baseball at it. If you put both leagues together he should win the Cy Young out of both leagues in my mind because he's preventing runs better than anybody else in Major League Baseball."