Jacob deGrom threw 105 pitches in just five innings in the Mets' 9-5 loss to the Dodgers on Monday.
"I wish I had my good stuff," deGrom said after the game, breaking down his pitches. "Change-up, I didn't throw many for strikes. Curveball wasn't real good. They had fastball, slider to battle and they did a good job of that."
DeGrom allowed only two runs and seven hits in five innings, holding the Dodgers to a 1-for-8 clip with runners in scoring position.
He allowed three straight singles to start the bottom of the first inning and allowed only one run on a fielder's choice. In the second inning, deGrom allowed two two-out singles before striking out Max Muncy to end the threat. And in the fifth, he pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam.
"I felt pretty good in the stretch. I was there most of the night," deGrom said. "That was a plus, but we lost a baseball game, so it is what it is and nobody's happy with that."
Monday's game did not live up to the hype of two Cy Young Award winners, as deGrom's counterpart, Clayton Kershaw, allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings.
DeGrom, the reigning Cy Young Award winner, has not pitched into the seventh inning in three consecutive starts, totaling a 4.50 ERA in that span. Monday's game was the fifth time this year he failed to pitch into the sixth inning.
By contrast, he failed to pitch more than five innings just twice last year: once when he left a game due to injury, and the other when he had a 45-pitch first inning in his return from the disabled list.