During his last scheduled start facing the Yankee’s Jacob deGrom was rained out. The Mets insist his appearance on Monday in The Bronx will be to keep a schedule along with them wanting their right-handed ace on the mound for the Subway Series.
Mickey Callaway, the manager, adjusted his rotation last week to give deGrom a chance to pitch on regular rest when against the Yankees. This move bumped Jason Vargas to Tuesday night in Baltimore.
It’s important to everyone when you’re playing the Yankees, Callaway said. However, he does believe it’s more than keeping deGrom on regular rest as often as possible. There are upcoming options where they can go to a six-man rotation sometime. With that, they’ll have to keep weighing how many times the team wants him on normal rest. Callaway also mentions that they’re going to attempt to continue for every chance they have if deGrom is in a good spot.
It appears deGrom is the front-runner for the NL Cy Young award with his major league-best of 1.77 ERA. The right-hander against the Reds this past Wednesday during his last start pitched six shutout innings.
Callaway said one aspect that helped was their lead during deGrom’s last game that allowed them to have him out an inning earlier than anticipated. Therefore, pitching on the fifth day seemed to make some sense this time.
Michael Conforto Preps To Aid The Mets in Their Next Match
Michael Conforto showed his improvement against lefty pitching once more as he struck a solo home run during the sixth inning against Wei-Yin Chen. Conforto entered the play as he batted .243 against lefties with four homers.
Conforto said everytime he sees the ball knocked out of the park he feels good. Lefties have been discussed a lot and a lot of left-handed hitters, Conforto included, were able to see a lot of left-handers this year. The experience has helped them a lot, to get in there and be comfortable with the style. Now left-handed pitching doesn’t faze them anymore.