Jacob deGrom will return to the mound in the team’s series finale with the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon, per Mets general manager Zack Scott during a press conference this afternoon. deGrom missed a start earlier in the week after feeling some soreness in his right side, but an MRI revealed that he merely had inflammation of his right lat.
Through five starts, deGrom is off to an outstanding start, somehow looking even better than he has before. In 35.0 innings, he has a 0.51 ERA with 15.17 strikeouts and 1.03 walks per nine. He leads all qualified pitchers in baseball in ERA currently ranks fourth in strikeouts with 59 despite having made two fewer starts than everyone ahead of him. And while the Mets’ pitching has been very good overall to start the year, deGrom is clearly the most important piece of the team’s staff, and the fact that he’ll be back on the mound in relatively short order following his missed start is encouraging.