Jacob deGrom allowed one run and six hits against the Marlins on Wednesday night.
He struck out six, walked two, and left with a 2-1 lead after the sixth inning.
DeGrom, who is 7-6 in 19 starts, leads National League rookies with 112 strikeouts and a 2.87 ERA.
Terry Collins said after the game that it would be a tremendous honor for the organization to see deGrom win the National League Rookie of the Year award.
“The guys that helped this kid along the way, the fact that he’s come up with really no buildup, when he got here he was going to go to the bullpen, we had an injury (to Dillon Gee) and now we can’t get him out of the rotation,” said Collins. “It looks like he’s going to be in it for a long time.”
DeGrom has thrown 157 2/3 innings between Triple-A and the Mets this season. According to previous reports, the Mets would like to keep him at around 180 or so innings for the season, meaning he may only have three or four starts left in 2013.
“I want to prove that I can pitch this late in the season,” deGrom said. “I’ve never thrown this many innings in my life.”
Matthew Cerrone: He got in and out of tough spots all night, and got by Giancarlo Stanton in two sticky situations by throwing his change-up in perfect spots. He’s a really smart pitcher. He had a high pitch count to start the game, but adjusted when he needed to. I’m bias, obviously, but I see him as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year, despite having some strong competition. I bet he makes the remainder of his starts, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be pulled early from games. If he does this, if he pitches even so-so the rest of the way, I think he has to get the award.