The Mets, who are fading fast in the NL Wild Card race, were dealt another blow Wednesday, losing their ace Jacob deGrom to an apparent injury. The two-time Cy Young winner looked sluggish against the Phillies, serving up three runs in two innings of uncharacteristically lackluster work.
DeGrom didn’t come out for a third frame, exiting the game with just 40 pitches on his Wednesday night odometer. It was later announced deGrom was pulled with what the Mets are deeming a “right hamstring spasm.” Michael Wacha, who had been slated to start Saturday’s game against Atlanta, was rushed into duty, logging four emergency innings in relief of deGrom.
It’s too early to speculate on the severity of deGrom’s injury but with so little time left in the season and the slumping Mets fighting for their playoff lives (sports analytics site FiveThirtyEight.com pegs their postseason odds at just 10 percent), this is about the last thing New York needed. Wednesday’s abbreviated outing broke deGrom’s streak of 13 consecutive starts allowing two runs or fewer, the second-longest stretch in Mets history (he was two away from tying Doc Gooden’s franchise record). Even after getting shelled at Citizen’s Bank Park, the flame-throwing right-hander still boasts a remarkable 2.09 ERA for the year, fifth-lowest in the National League behind only Trevor Bauer (1.71), Yu Darvish (1.86), Max Fried (1.98) and Corbin Burnes (1.98).
Stephen Matz, who recently returned from a two-week stint on the injured list (he’s coming back from shoulder bursitis) would be the likely candidate to spell deGrom in New York's rotation if his ailing hamstring prevents him from making his next start.