Jacob deGrom takes the mound on Friday night for what will be, at least up to this point, the most important game of the Mets season, as it carries heavy playoff implications with the division title on the line.
But what about when New York makes it to the postseason? Could deGrom be trusted to be his usual dominant self after slipping a bit in his past three starts?
BT says there’s no guarantee, but the expectation is that he will live up to his expectation as the best pitcher on the planet.
“He’s on a different schedule than his co-workers,” BT said during Friday’s show. “He didn’t start the season until past the halfway point.
“Not a dead arm, because the radar gun for the most part is still pretty solid. That extra 2-3 inches on the starter, that extra snap, that extra late life on the heater…maybe that’s behind it. Maybe in the last five days, there has been a regeneration.”
Over his last three starts, against basement-dwelling teams like A’s, Pirates, and Cubs, deGrom has a 6.60 ERA in 15 innings of work, magnified by his most recent outing when he gave up five runs on six hits in four innings in Oakland. Before that, he had been pitching to a dominant 1.66 ERA over 43.1 innings since returning from injury. Is deGrom tiring, or it is a blip on the radar?
“Maybe whenever he pitches against whomever they play in the playoffs, he will be back to the deGrom that was flat-out untouchable when he first came back,” BT said.
“That’s more my expectation than him dragging his feet the next month or so and weighing the Mets down. That would stun me. But, you never know.”