The New York Mets will send Jacob deGrom to the hill against the New York Yankees in their August 13 make-up game.
The New York Mets and their cross-town rivals, the Yankees, saw their final game of the season rained out, and the make-up is scheduled for August 13. Although Jason Vargas‘ turn in the rotation lines up with that game, he will not get the nod.
Manager Mickey Callaway is instead turning to ace Jacob deGrom to guide the Mets against their cross-town rivals, according to ESPN. The start will be on normal rest for deGrom, as the team is off the day after his start on Aug. 8.
The trade that ESNY’s Robby Sabo called for that would have sent deGrom to the Yankees never materialized, as deGrom is still in a Mets uniform.
deGrom entered play on Aug. 8 with an MLB leading 1.85 ERA, but his record sits at a criminally low 5-7 entering play. The poor record could hurt deGrom in the Cy Young voting, even though he has been by far the best pitcher in baseball. He made his second All-Star team last month.
Severino has fared far worse than deGrom, although that is a testament to deGrom’s season rather than a sign of Severino struggling. His 3.08 ERA entering play August 8 is 1.23 points higher than deGrom, although it’s still a very respectable number.
He has an American League-leading 14 wins against only five losses and was named to his second straight All-Star team. Both he and deGrom finished in the top ten in Cy Young voting last season, with deGrom finishing eighth in the National League, while Severino finished third in the junior circuit.
It all lines up to make for a very intriguing final matchup of 2018 for the cross-town rivals.