After Jacob deGrom's latest sterling performance, there's no longer any doubt.
"He's back," Mickey Callaway said of deGrom after the Mets' 4-1 win Saturday in which deGrom allowed one run in seven innings.
"I kind of figured that a couple of outings ago - 'Oh, he looks like Jacob deGrom again' He's confident, he's executing pitches, he's keeping runners off base, he's keeping them from scoring when he does - except for when the pitcher hits. But he's back, and it is very comforting."
The reigning NL Cy Young winner has looked like the man who won the award over his last three starts. He's gone seven innings and allowed no more than two runs in each of the three outings and he has 21 strikeouts against four walks during that span.
He got enough support, including an RBI of his own, to earn his third win of the season and snap a streak of four straight losing decisions, which was one shy of his career high. DeGrom owns a 3.26 ERA
"I felt pretty good tonight," deGrom said. "I wasn't falling off hard to first. I was able to locate the fastball and then kind of pitch off of that. So I think that's a good sign."
DeGrom, who went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in a run in the sixth to extend the Mets' lead to 4-1, said he generally felt good in each of his last three starts, though he felt there was a slight issue during his last start against the Padres.
"(In) San Diego I was falling off quite a bit, wasn't over my front side as much as I wanted to be. But tonight was definitely a step in the right direction," he said.
Following a 1-5 road trip, a home series against the Marlins was just what the Mets needed. They have a chance for their second sweep of the season Sunday, their only other sweep coming against none other than Miami in their second series of the season.
"We had a rough road trip. To come here and win the first two is big for us," deGrom said.