Jacob deGrom gave up three home runs in 4.2 innings during last night's loss to the Cardinals.
In his last two starts, he's lost, given up 25 hits and 13 runs in just 9.2 innings, while striking out only eight batters. He is the first pitcher in franchise history to allow at least a 12 hits in back-to-back starts.
He had been 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA in the nine starts prior to last week.
Following the game, Terry Collins the Mets would talk Thursday about what to do with deGrom and how to handle the rest of the rotation, now that Steven Matz and Jon Niese are on the disabled list.
MetsBlog's Maggie Wiggin will be along later to break down deGrom's performance, what happened and what he may need to do to be better. For me, with 36 games left to play, I'm far more concerned with simply seeing this team get through the next week, so they can stay in the race.
Seth Lugo is scheduled to start tonight. Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard will pitch at home, Friday and Saturday, against the Phillies. I assume Robert Gsellman will then make his first big-league start Sunday in that series finale. Then, it's back around, with DeGrom scheduled to start next Monday against the Braves. Steven Matz will hopefully be activated and able to go the next day, when he's eligible to return from the disabled list. However, if Matz is still hurting and remains on the DL, I have no idea what they'll do.
I guess they either bring back Logan Verrett from Triple-A or take a shot by promoting Rafael Montero or Gabriel Ynoa, in late August, during a playoff race, with less than 30 games to go in the season. Ugh. What a mess. What the hell happened? Wasn't this season supposed to be all about pitching? I guess it has been, but for all the wrong reasons...
And, yes, it would be nice to get deGrom an extra day off, or skip him, which is what I think Terry is alluding to. But, given the options and lack of off-days, there is simply no way to do that right now. And, frankly, if the Mets keep struggling to catch fire, deGrom will have plenty of time to rest in October.