The New York Mets received devastating news when Dillon Gee hit the disabled list with a strained lat. The Mets called up their 10th-best prospect Jacob deGrom, not expecting anything out of the young pitcher. What the Mets got out of deGrom Thursday night against the tough New York Yankees was something impressive.
The Mets lost 1-0 with deGrom receiving the loss, but pitched very well for his first start at the major league level. He allowed one run on four hits, striking out six in seven innings of work. New York’s bullpen held strong too, not allowing any insurance runs. It was the offense that could not get started.
DeGrom had a 91-pitch outing, throwing 57 pitches for strikes. He only walked two batters and definitely deserved more than what he got Thursday.
One thing is clear about the current Mets’ rotation; the youth movement has started. With Rafael Montero receiving a start Wednesday and deGrom getting the start now, it is only a matter of time when the world sees Noah Syndergaard on the rubber. DeGrom’s success was a good start because he showed how well these Mets pitchers are.
New York needs a lot more solid starts from the rest of the rotation and if deGrom can pitch consistently, New York is going to be a dangerous divisional foe from here on out. If not, New York has a lot of trade chips to acquire, including a big-time slugger to help the lineup.