Despite ace pitcher Jacob deGrom’s dominance, the New York Mets have struggled, and the star is beginning to get frustrated with it.
Star pitcher Jacob deGrom has been brilliant for the New York Mets. He has a National League-leading 1.52 ERA on the season, but he’s only 4-0 in his 11 starts. But, the team has struggled to a 26-26 record entering play on May 30.
They have been especially dreadful during deGrom’s recent starts. James Wagner of the New York Times gave some stats to that effect on his Twitter account. Over his last eight starts, the formerly long-haired pitcher has a 0.94 ERA. The team has won two of those games. Yikes.
An unpleasant indicator of the Mets struggles: Jacob deGrom, their best pitcher, has a 0.94 ERA over his past 8 starts (two were abbreviated). The team is 2-6 in those games.
— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) May 28, 2018
deGrom, talking to Mike Puma of the New York Post said that he was frustrated with the losing, but not just during his starts. He’d like to see the team win more games in general.
deGrom has shouldered a vast majority of the load this season, but he’ll be asked to shoulder even more of it in the coming weeks. Fellow ace Noah Syndergaard has been sidelined with a finger injury.
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Fellow starter Stephen Matz was forced out from his previous start, also with a finger injury. ESPN reports that he will likely not be required to go to the disabled list, although with Matz’s lengthy injury history that’s far from a guarantee.
The Mets depth at pitcher is so thin, that Jason Vargas is staying in the rotation because the team has no other options. Thus, the team will need deGrom to continue to give them great outings every fifth day if they hope to stay alive.
deGrom has done everything in his power to keep the Mets alive until the bullpen and offense figure their issues out. However, if that doesn’t happen soon, not even deGrom’s season will be enough to keep their fading playoff hopes alive.
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