deGrom threw 178 1/3 innings last season, with a majority of them coming in the majors during his Rookie of the Year campaign. He's up to 55 2/3 innings this season through nine starts and owns a 2.75 ERA and 54:13 K:BB ratio.
The team is looking to limit the innings of deGrom,
"The six-man rotation, at this point, is in large part to manage innings, manage appearances, manage pitches," general manager Sandy Alderson said "There is always the risk that guys are getting too much rest. But at the same time, we don't want to run out of innings for any of our starting pitchers at the end of the season."
deGrom was stellar, allowing just one hit over eight shutout innings. He struck out a season-high 11 batters and didn't walk anyone. He threw 79 of his 104 pitches for strikes. The only hit he allowed was a one-out single in the top of the first. He retired the next 23 batters he faced after that.
If there was one knock on deGrom's performance, perhaps it was that he did not get a hit on the afternoon.
deGrom has been dealing with minor hip and shoulder soreness of late, which is why manager Terry Collins opted to lift him with after eight innings, according to ESPN.com
"I haven't thrown a complete game in the big leagues," deGrom said. "That's something I want to do. But I had a lot of pitches early on. My goal was to try to stay in there for at least seven. Then, whenever they let me go back out for the eighth, I was just happy to do that."
The young right-hander improved to 5-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.75. He's allowed just one run over his last 14 innings pitched. deGrom will look to keep the good times rolling in his next start, scheduled for Tuesday against the Phillies.
This was a nice rebound for deGrom who struggled in his last start on Monday when he gave up four runs in five innings. The only run he gave up on Saturday came on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. deGrom threw 100 pitches, with 65 going for strikes.
deGrom even went 3 for 3 with an RBI at the plate, including two singles during the Mets' 10-run fourth inning. He's now sporting a very fine .294 batting average.
"It was a big night," deGrom said, per the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "Coming off a couple bad starts, wanted to get out there and put us in a position to win. We played great as a team. Everything came together, the offense, and we pitched well and got the win."
The victory evened his record at 4-4 and dropped his ERA to 3.72. He'll look to keep the good times rolling when he makes his next start, scheduled for Wednesday against the Cardinals.
"Some of the things that I've seen him do, I think he's tried way too hard to live up to what he did last year," Collins said. "But yeah, I think he puts a little pressure on himself to think he's got to win every game he goes out there instead of just pitching the kind of games he pitches where he's going to be successful."
deGrom posted a 9-6 record with a 2.69 ERA in 22 starts in 2014. He has already allowed six home runs after allowing just seven all of last year.
"He's not really a strikeout guy, and I think he's overthrowing a little bit," Collins said. "That's caused him to get the ball up in the strike zone, so hopefully he's back to what made him successful last summer."
DeGrom struggled in the very first inning when he allowed back-to-back home runs to Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo for three runs. Then in the fourth, deGrom surrendered an RBI single to Addison Russell.
"It boils down to location," deGrom said. "Tonight I struggled with it and I think that kind of gets me off my game plan. I can't throw the pitches I want for strikes and make some mistakes over the plate and they seem to hit a long way."
DeGrom, now 3-4, moved his ERA to 3.46 in 41 2/3 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Saturday against the Brewers.
"I saw that tonight for the first time," manager Terry Collins said. "But you've also got to also understand, he really hasn't struggled like this before. So we've got to get him through it and we've got to get that confidence back, still trust in his stuff and make pitches with it."
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