Jacob deGrom insisted early Saturday morning that his right elbow feels fine, and that his new catcher Wilson Ramos bears no blame. He certainly doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy who would worry about living up to a big, new contract.
Something’s wrong, though. You saw it if you waited through a long rain delay to witness deGrom suffer his third straight loss, 10-2 to the Brewers at a wet Citi Field, his return from the injured list a dud.
According to both the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner and his manager, this represents a breakdown of mechanics, his parts not properly aligned on the mound. The Mets and their fans had best hope this problem can be fixed as easily as a car going into the shop, for the stakes are high.
“My arm feels great. That’s what’s frustrating about it,” deGrom said. “Felt really good, good warming up. To go there and do that, that’s embarrassing.
“I stunk,” the right-hander added.
With the Mets (13-12) falling a half-game behind the Phillies (14-12) atop the NL East, the final tally for deGrom registered five runs on five hits over four innings, three walks and two hit batters, with his seven strikeouts providing a lone glimmer of hope. He now owns a 4.85 ERA on the season, and that marks the highest it ever has stood at the completion of a start in his six-year major-league career (thanks, Baseball-Reference.com). It marks a most discouraging beginning to that five-year, $137.5-million extension he signed right before Opening Day.