Mets rookie RHP Jacob deGrom has logged 119 innings this season between Triple-A and the Mets.
According to multiple reports, the organization will cap him at 185 total innings this season, meaning he has roughly 10 starts left in 2014.
“As we all know, fatigue is what leads to injuries,” Terry Collins said Tuesday, when asked how the team intends to handle deGrom down the stretch of the season. “We don’t need to have another Matt Harvey on our hands.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The buzz around the Mets seems to be pointing to two options, assuming deGrom is still pitching well, which I’m sure he will be:
1) Move him to the bullpen for his last 10 innings or so, which would start around early September, but only use him in games on his throw day, or… 2) put him on a strict pitch count and innings limit per start, say no more than four or five innings, which would help spread his remaining innings out over the final nine weeks of the season, or… 3) let him go as is, and totally shut him down, probably in late August.
In my view, No. 3 is not an option. I don’t want this kid idle for so long before starting his off-season regiment. No. 2 worries me, mostly because I don’t really understand how it would work. I think an awesome solution would be to promote Noah Syndergaard, who will be on a similar limitation, and pitch them together (three to four innings each) on the same day. It would be the Noah deGrom Day, so to speak, and it’d be fun to watch…
In this QuickCast, SNY’TV’s Robert Brender talks with deGrom about his success this season…