It has been a while since Jacob deGrom had an outing like he did Tuesday night at Citi Field.
The Mets ace struggled against the Twins, allowing six runs in four innings on eight hits and a walk in a 14-8 loss, snapping a 26-game quality start streak -- one shy of breaking the record set by Hall of Fame Bob Gibson in the 1967-68 seasons.
Yet it was letting his team down that was eating away at deGrom after the game.
"Tonight's on me," he said. "I was bad out there. That's all there is to it."
The last time deGrom pitched this poorly was back on Sept. 5, 2017 when the Mets lost 9-1 to the Phillies. DeGrom allowed nine runs, six earned, on 10 hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings that day but his quality start streak did not begin until last season.
DeGrom's last non-quality start came on April 10, 2018 when he allowed four runs in six innings with the Marlins.
It is a run that deGrom said may take a while before he could allow it to sink in.
"Maybe in a few days," he said. "Not really happy about how tonight went."
DeGrom pointed to getting behind in the count and not having his location as why he was not as sharp as his typical self. Still, he thought he would eventually turn things around.
"Whole time I was still believing I could find it," he said. "...I wanted to stay int here. I felt like I was able to make pitches."