PHILADELPHIA — The verdict arrived Monday on the charge Jacob deGrom was tipping his pitches in his start the previous night.
“Absolutely, 100 percent not tipping,” Mets’ pitching coach Dave Eiland said.
As deGrom was slogging Sunday through a second straight rough start, ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez suggested the right-hander was tipping his pitches, allowing the Braves to lay off his best stuff and pounce at other times.
DeGrom threw 114 pitches over only five innings and allowed three runs. Eiland indicated deGrom’s problems were mechanical.
“If he leaves the rubber a little bit too soon, his arm never catches up,” Eiland said before the Mets won 7-6 in 11 innings over the Phillies on Monday night.
Eiland indicated deGrom — who has battled sickness over the last week — had the same issue in his previous start against the Twins last Tuesday. DeGrom allowed six earned runs over four innings that night.
DeGrom arrived at the ballpark early on Monday and began working with Eiland to make the necessary mechanical adjustments. DeGrom’s next scheduled start is Friday in St. Louis.
J.D. Davis will begin taking balls in the outfield as the Mets prepare for Todd Frazier’s imminent return from the injured list. Frazier will see most of his action at third base, cutting into Davis’ playing time at that position. Manager Mickey Callaway indicated Davis could see action in left field.
Callaway said it will be a challenge finding playing time for everybody.
“But we are going to sit down and talk to all these players and make sure everybody knows what is going on,” Callaway said. “We are going to pick spots where everybody can have success. The young kids have played great.”
Drew Gagnon was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to give the Mets a fresh bullpen arm. Luis Guillorme was optioned, leaving the team without a true backup shortstop, but Callaway indicated Jeff McNeil could play the position if needed.
Published at Tue, 16 Apr 2019 05:59:45 +0000