New York Mets

The New York Mets have made a decision regarding their ace Jacob deGrom. They’ll skip the struggling righty’s next start to avoid fatigue.

By Robby Sabo

Momentum has been rapidly building in the New York Mets clubhouse faster than anything witnessed thus far during the 2015 MLB season. A simple acquisition in Yoenis Cespedes has spearheaded it all.

It’s funny though. Once the once dreadful Mets lineup started to hit, and hit a lot, their bread and butter started to falter.

Their young power arms in the starting rotation went from a clear certainty to a hazy fog.

The major culprit has been 2015 All-Star and ace, Jacob deGrom.

deGrom has been horrible as of late. This is why the Mets will use Logan Verrett on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves instead of their stud ace.

DeGrom has a 6.41 ERA and .330 opponent batting average over his past five starts. His fastball velocity hasn’t changed at all, but his release point has. The organization feels fatigue has everything to do with the slip.

Via Adam Rubin via ESPN New York:

“I’ve been more up in the zone than I want to be,” deGrom said. “Normally I pitch down, and then go up when I want to.”

Remember, this is a guy who only pitched 140.1 innings in 2014 when he captured the NL Rookie of the Year. He’s already up to 181 this season.

“I don’t know if I necessarily need it, but it can’t hurt,” deGrom said about getting skipped. “I don’t think it can hurt. That’s what they chose to do. So that’s what we’re going to do.”

Couple deGrom’s shaky recent history with Matt Harvey’s uncertainty and the Mets starting staff is littered with question marks.

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