"I did a terrible job out there"
A frustrated Jacob deGrom after the loss in Miami pic.twitter.com/jVkGociG12
— SNY (@SNYtv) May 18, 2019
The real story Friday night wasn’t the New York Mets losing to the Miami Marlins. It was Jacob deGrom’s disappointing performance.
With the New York Mets looking to turn a corner like their counterparts in the Bronx, Jacob deGrom seems to be the piece that can help lead the process.
Except for Friday night.
The Mets were facing a Miami Marlins team who had lost their last seven games and boasted an impressive 10-31 record on the season. Instead of an easy win, deGrom gave up six earned runs early to allow the Marlins to end their skid.
After the game, deGrom took to the media to discuss his performance, which he described as “terrible.”
deGrom first spoke of his inability to locate early in the game and then went into his rant of how he blew the game for his team.
“Tonight’s on me,” deGrom said to reporters. “You know, I did a terrible job out there. These guys did nothing but battle and I let it get out of hand.”
The Mets fought back and scored six runs but the Marlins pulled away with the 8-6 victory. This marks the second straight loss where the Mets scored at least six runs.
When asked if he felt any changes in his mechanics early in the game, deGrom insisted that he did not.
“That’s what makes it so frustrating, just the lack of inconsistency,” deGrom said.
deGrom hasn’t had a great year, especially coming off his 2018 Cy Young Award campaign. The reigning champ is currently 3-5 with a 3.98 ERA, the highest in his career so far.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of his play this season is his lack of an impact on the road. Last season, he was dominant on the road, boasting a 6-3 record and 1.87 ERA in 16 starts. In 106 innings, he allowed just 22 earned runs and struck out 123.
deGrom still has time to turn his season around and the Mets need it if they are going to turn this season around. With Noah Syndergaard dealing, having deGrom back on track would do wonders for the Mets.
As of right now, deGrom is taking the blame for his team’s failures. Hopefully next time he’ll be accepting the accolades when he turns things around.