ATLANTA — You must be watching rigorously to note these moments when issues lastly get to Jacob deGrom, as a result of along with being one of many two or three finest pitchers in baseball proper now, he’s additionally one of many sport’s nice teammates.
So when Jay Bruce suffers a senior second in proper discipline and permits Ender Inciarte to take an additional base on him — “Terrible play on my part,” Bruce stated, “Just inexcusable” — deGrom not solely doesn’t roll his eyes or let his shoulders sag, he promptly picks Inciarte off second to bail Bruce out.
When Michael Conforto overruns a ball and places an inning in further peril, deGrom doesn’t shake his head and depart a the-hell-with-it slider up on a tee; he strikes out Charlie Culbertson and ends the menace.
“Guy throws like that,” Todd Frazier stated, “all you want to do is score runs for him.”
But there are hints of the fury that lurks beneath, as a result of the Mets by no means appear to ever get round to scoring these runs for him, so how can there not be? The Mets lost 2-0 to the Braves on Wednesday, scratched out two hits and assembled one non-competitive at-bat after one other, that means that whereas deGrom added to an epic 10-game stretch through which he’s pitched to an zero.87 ERA, the Mets added to their much more astonishing ineptitude by dropping for the eighth time in these begins.
Frazier, talking for each Met who earns his residing swinging a bat, went as much as deGrom when this newest calamity was full and stated, “Dude, I’m sorry.”
DeGrom, in fact, doesn’t allow no matter frustration is percolating inside him to floor, and so when he’s requested for solutions, once more, he says, once more: “You can tell nobody’s happy. You’ve got to score runs to win and nobody’s happy with what’s going on,” and when it appears not possible that he’s not just a bit bit able to channel Michael Douglas in “Falling Down” each fifth day he says, once more: “We’re not winning baseball games. Nothing else matters. My goal is to win baseball games.”
He by no means says what you scream on the TV, although there isn’t a soul who would blame him if as soon as, simply as soon as, he requested after watching a non-competitive 1-2-Three inning by his mates: What did I ever do to you guys? He by no means turns over the buffet desk or smashes a water cooler.
But he does endure on the market. Again: you aren’t more likely to see it in apparent locations, so when the Braves touched him for the one run he allowed in seven innings of good work because of a Dansby Swanson double and a Freddie Freeman (in fact) single within the fourth, he barely modified expression.
No. It was an inning later. There was one out within the backside of the fifth and deGrom left a pitch to Johan Camargo up, Camargo drilled it to proper discipline, a innocent blemish that nonetheless triggered deGrom to punch the air. He is a perfectionist by nature anyway, however pitching for this crew calls for perfection within the excessive.
He in all probability knew in his coronary heart of hearts that the one run the Braves had already scored was going to be sufficient to doom him; a second run and somebody might need steered implementing a mercy rule. And so when he did not make an ideal pitch he excoriated himself. Then acquired out of the inning.
“When I get someone on I do not want them to score,” deGrom stated, “whether it’s 0-0 or we’re winning by 10.”
(And no, he didn’t crack a smile at that final little bit of unintentional irony; perhaps he wasn’t conscious that the Mets have now scored eight runs whereas he’s been on the mound in his final eight begins.)
“It’s evident in the dugout when it’s tough to score for Jacob right now,” stated Mets supervisor Mickey Callaway, who eliminated deGrom after seven innings and 86 pitches due to all of the added stress the context of those video games provides to his arm. Predictably, the Braves doubled the lead when Freeman homered off Jerry Blevins, the lefty specialist who hasn’t retired a lefty since Port St. Lucie.
“It stings that we can’t do anything when he’s pitching,” Frazier stated of deGrom.
“I know that he doesn’t care about the wins and losses by his name,” Bruce stated. “But he’s essentially been perfect and we’ve wasted them. He literally gives you the best opportunity to win every game he pitches and he’s the kind of guy who feels like he could do more.”
Well, because it occurs, he may do extra. Next trip he may hit a few three-run homers. Maybe that will assist.