Matt Harvey likely won't be the only Mets starter to be given extra rest down the stretch. His co-ace, Jacob deGrom, could be next in line. deGrom is close to setting a new personal season high in innings as a pro.
Before Thursday's game, Terry Collins explained that deGrom may not be skipped in the starting rotation, but given a few extra days' rest here and there. Collins believes his All-Star right-hander might be a little fatigued, which has been adversely affecting his pitch location.
The numbers certainly support that deGrom could be tiring as the season comes down the home stretch. Over his last four starts, deGrom has a 5.48 ERA over 21.2 innings. The mediocre stretch is punctuated by his worst start of the season in which he allowed six earned runs against the Philadelphia Phillies in just 2.2 innings.
In his first full season in the big leagues, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year has tossed 176 innings to go along with a 13-7 record and a 2.40 ERA over 27 starts. deGrom's previous high-water mark for innings was set last year when he accumulated 178.2 innings between Triple-A Las Vegas and the Mets.