The Mets were playing in Lakeland against the Tigers on Tuesday, but Jacob deGrom was still in Port St. Lucie putting in work on the mound.
DeGrom threw two simulated innings, and all went well for the Mets' ace as he threw to big league hitters like Brandon Nimmo and Amed Rosario. He said after the session that his fastball felt great, but his secondary pitches still needed some work.
"Through most of my camps, fastball command is good early on and it's just getting offspeed where I want it. So that's going to be the main work heading into Opening Day," he said.
But deGrom, without even throwing in a spring training game yet, said he's ready for March 26 against the Nats.
"Yeah, feel like I'm ready," he said when asked if he's good for Opening Day. "Just gotta build up my pitch count."
DeGrom, then, went in-depth a bit on his simulated innings, and spoke about a specific at-bat with Nimmo. He has been working on using a back-door slider against lefties again, and with his great plate discipline, deGrom definitely wanted to face Nimmo.
The result was a good one.
"That was a guy I actually wanted to see, I wanted to throw that back-door slider to because he has really good plate discipline," deGrom said. "He said it looked like a four-seam that was going to be up and away and it ended up a strike. That's something I didn't throw a whole lot last year, so I'm going to continue working on it. I threw it a lot in '18 to lefties."