Mets want Jacob deGrom to pitch through end of season

Jacob deGrom’s return from rotator cuff tendinitis Saturday night in Los Angeles, but surrendered five earned runs over six innings with seven strikeouts and two walks against the Dodgers.

“I felt good,” deGrom said after the game. “A lot of outings come down to that few pitches, and tonight I didn’t make the big pitches when I needed to.”

The Mets want him pitching through the end of the season and do intend to skip starts or limit his innings (NY Post, Aug. 24).

“There’s a lot of advantage to it, and that is to learn how to do it,” Terry Collins said about deGrom pitching a full year in the rotation. “For players who have never had to play or pitch through that sixth month, that’s a tough task. … To have him pitch through September, that’s a big help when we get into a pennant race.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The math doesn’t add up, especially if they wanted to keep him around 180 innings for the season. He’s got about seven starts left, so my hunch is they’ll go with a six-man rotation and/or use off days to space things out. I suppose the team could have had a total change of heart about this policy, but – assuming the haven’t – the rotation will need to be tinkered with in some way to get deGrom to game 162.

What’s on tap for Sunday, Aug. 24

Today at 4:10 pm ET on SNY, the Mets conclude their three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85 ERA) returns from the bereavement list to face Kevin Correia (7-13, 4.87)…

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In case you missed it…

Jacob deGrom pitched well the first three innings, but the Dodgers eventually tagged him for five runs and defeated the Mets, 7-4, on Saturday night in Los Angeles…

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The Mets put Bartolo Colon on revocable waivers (Rosenthal, Aug. 24). In the event Colon clears, the Mets are free to trade him to any team. If he’s claimed, the Mets can pull him back or try to work out a trade with that team.

Saturday’s minor league recaps…

Mets Triple-A OF prospect Cory Vaughn won the game Saturday night with a pinch-hit walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning.

It was his fifth home run of the season.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

Game recap: Dodgers 7 – Mets 4

Result: The Mets fell to the Dodgers for the second straight night in Los Angeles, 7-4.

New York Mets v Los Angeles Dodgers

Need to know: Jacob deGrom made his return from the disabled list Saturday night and pitched well despite giving up five runs in six innings pitched. The rookie right-hander was done in by a three-run homer from Adrian Gonzalez, which proved to be the difference in the game. DeGrom struck out seven and walked two.

Juan Lagares put the Mets in front in the fourth inning with a three-run home run, scoring Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud. Los Angeles scratched two run against deGrom in the bottom half inning before Gonzalez’s blast put them ahead for good in the fifth inning. Duda hit a solo home run in the sixth to bring the Mets within a run, but the Dodgers scored twice more in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Links: AP RecapBox Score

What’s next: The Mets close out their series with the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85 ERA) is set to toe the rubber against right-hander Kevin Correia (2-0, 4.09 ERA). The game will start at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Tonight’s Game: Mets at Dodgers

The Mets play the second of a three-game series against the Dodgers in LA on Saturday night. The Mets will  try to even the series after a 6-2 loss Friday.

The game is scheduled to begin at 9:10 p.m. on WPIX-TV. It can also be heard on 710 WOR.

Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.87) starts for the Mets; while Zack Greinke (12-8, 2.75) pitches for LA.

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1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Dee Gordon – 2B
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2.  Carl Crawford – LF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Adrian Gonzalez – 1B
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Matt Kemp – RF
5. Travis d’Arnaud – C 5. Andre Ethier – CF
6. Juan Lagares – CF 6. Erisbel Arruebarrena – SS
7. Matt den Dekker – LF 7. Drew Butera – C
8. Wilmer Flores – SS 8. Miguel Rojas – 3B
9. Jacob deGrom – RHP 9. Zack Greinke – RHP


2,921 miles away is a long way from Citi Field

Sarah Langs, Intern & Special Contributor

When the Mets played a two-game series with the Oakland Athletics earlier this week, they were 2,921 miles away from Citi Field. And this weekend, when the Mets play the Los Angeles Dodgers, they’ll be 2,805 miles from their home ballpark.

Travel has always been part of the Major League Baseball reality. Ever since the league expanded West, sending the Giants and Dodgers to California and later opening up expansion teams on the West Coast, the distances have gotten longer…

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Who will close in 2015?

Jenrry Mejia’s turn at closer this season has gone better than expected, but when Bobby Parnell returns next season the plan is for him to get his old job back (Carig, Aug. 22).

Parnell is out for the season after Tommy John surgery but when he rehabs next year will do so as a closer.

“When Bobby Parnell comes back, he will be pitching during his rehab as if he’s the closer, because that’s certainly in our plan when he gets back,” Terry Collins told reporters before Friday’s game. “When Bobby’s ready, we’ve got a nice problem on our hands. But looking that far ahead, we certainly can’t have any idea who is the guy pitching in the ninth.”

Mejia, who has 18 saves and a 3.10 ERA out of the bullpen since taking over for Parnell in April, has fought through a multitude of injuries that has slowed him down. Durability remains his biggest question mark as the Mets are unsure if he can make it through an entire season as a closer.

Parnell, 29,  moved into the closer role last year and had 22 saves and a 2.16 ERA. He pitched 50 innings last year and struck out 44 batters.  Parnell pitched one inning on opening day, blowing the save in a 9-7 loss on March 31. He was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his elbow and underwent surgery to repair it in early April.