Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dud by deGrom Sinks Mets in Texas

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dud by deGrom Sinks Mets in Texas

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - A bloated ERA is attached to Jacob deGrom's name here in the first week of June in what has become yet another worrisome development for the Mets.

DeGrom began the year as a sleeper Cy Young Award candidate and looked the part in April, but his recent production has been more in line with a No. 5 starter than an ace.

At a time when the Mets are ready to welcome back two fellow starting pitchers to the rotation, it may not mean much if they cannot sort out what is wrong with deGrom.

DeGrom arguably had the worst start by allowing a career-high eight runs in the Mets' 10-8 loss to the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night. DeGrom (4-3) wasted three leads and allowed a run in each of his four innings.His 4.75 is the highest ERA he has ever had following any of his 88 career starts dating to the 2014 season.

The right-hander has now allowed seven or more runs in back-to-back starts after only allowing seven or more runs in two of his first career 86 career starts.

"A lot of balls right down the middle. Bad outing. That's on me again," deGrom said. "Got to be better than that."

DeGrom has been one of the game's premier pitchers since his 2014 debut, and due to Noah Syndergaard's absence he is the lone remaining in the Mets' once-vaunted rotation. The Mets (24-32) need him to be the stalwart of their rotation and give them great starts on a consistent basis, but he has not been able to do that lately.

His last two outings have been particularly disastrous, with deGrom lasting just four innings in each and surrendering 15 runs spanning those two starts. In his previous outing, he yielded seven runs to snap the team's three-game winning streak.

The Mets hitters tried to help deGrom on Tuesday by giving him a lead in the first, second and third innings, but he wasted each edge.

Two hits in the first inning led to the Rangers evening the game at 1-all, and the first two runners reached and scored in the second to give Texas a 3-2 lead. …

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