Mets ace Jacob deGrom allowed five earned runs for the second straight start as the Mets lost, 6-4, to the Marlins at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon.
In the span of 11 starts between June 13 and Aug. 10, deGrom was 9-2 with a 1.82 ERA, during which he struck out 85 batters in 79 innings. However, in his last two starts (Yankees, Marlins), he has given up 19 hits and 10 runs.
"At this point in the season, after missing what he did last year at the end of the season, we are going to be careful with him down the stretch," Collins said. "There might be a little fatigue in there."
DeGrom, who has said he would like to top 200 innings pitched this season, has currently throw 165. His career best was 191 innings in 2015.