Why Wasn’t Tomas Nido Catching Jacob deGrom Last Night?

18 May

Tomas Nido
MetsBlog.com:

As rough as things have been for the Mets, if they can’t get consistency out of deGrom, they’re going to have serious issues.

Wilson Ramos, who went 2-for-4, was Friday’s catcher, and after what transpired it wouldn’t be a surprise if Tomás Nido is behind the plate for deGrom’s next start.

DeGrom is 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA in three starts pitching to Nido, but is now 1-5 with a 6.39 ERA when pitching to other catchers.

Callaway had no regrets about sticking with deGrom as the game got away from him.

“He’s your ace,” the manager said. “He’s gonna throw his pitches. You’re gonna win or lose with him. That’s the right thing to do. He’s the leader of the staff and he gets that chance.”

Listen, deGrom still has to make the pitches, but when you look at the difference in results on deGrom between when Nido catches him and when Wilson Ramos does, it’s worth having a conversation about.

Jacob deGrom Delivered Another Stinker Last Night

27 Apr

Jacob deGrom
NorthJersey.com:

Maybe the Mets should have done another rain dance.

Intent on playing Friday’s series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field and pitching ace Jacob deGrom, they had to live with the results after a rain delay that lasted nearly three hours. And the results weren’t pretty.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner blew up for five earned runs in the third, giving up more in one inning than he did any singular outing last season, and the Mets were blown out yet again 10-2. It was deGrom’s third straight loss.

“My arm feels great, that’s what’s really frustrating about it,” he said. “It felt good warming up, it felt really good in the bullpen out there so to go out there and do that, that’s embarrassing.”

You can’t go from just winning a Cy Young to be being this bad so soon, can you?

Gio Gonzalez Signs With Brewers

24 Apr

Gio Gonzalez
NYPost.com:

On a day the Mets trot out Jason Vargas to the mound, a potential replacement fades away.

Gio Gonzalez is signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Brewers, The Athletic first reported Wednesday. It’s a major league deal that also includes performance bonuses. It’ll be a reunion for the free-agent starter, who came to Milwaukee in a deadline deal from Washington last offseason.

Milwaukee reportedly was more attractive than other suitors because he can slot right into the rotation, whereas the Mets may have wanted him out of the bullpen, too.

The Mets, according to The Post’s Mike Puma, viewed Gonzalez as a marginal upgrade at best over Vargas. They did not want to eat his money if he flopped.

My guess is that with the Mets in first 1st place and deGrom’s MRI coming back ok, there just isn’t a pressing need to sign a starting pitcher.

Jacob deGrom Should Have The MRI

20 Apr


ESPN.com:

Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom says his elbow felt better Saturday, one day after the team had said he would return to New York for an MRI.

Manager Mickey Callaway said deGrom now may not need to have the MRI, but will be checked out by the team’s medical staff when the Mets return to New York on Monday.

On Friday, the Mets said the reigning Cy Young Award winner would be placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Tuesday. DeGrom was scratched from his Saturday start against the Cardinals.

“It’s just a little sore,” deGrom said in St. Louis after throwing in the outfield.

I mean, why take any risks? Just get an MRI to be on the safe side.

Jacob deGrom Gives Mets Deadline To Work Out Long-Term Contract Extension

12 Feb

Jacob deGrom
NYPost.com:

Jacob deGrom is putting the Mets on the clock.

After a winter of inactivity in long-term contract discussions, the reigning National League Cy Young award winner has informed team officials he will not negotiate a new deal during the season, an industry source told The Post on Tuesday. DeGrom’s camp has set Opening Day as the deadline to complete any potential long-term deal.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen initially declined comment, but he changed course after The Post report surfaced and addressed the issue following a voluntary workout by players on the reporting date for pitchers and catchers at First Data Field.

Van Wagenen called the decision not to negotiate beyond Opening Day as “mutual” between him and deGrom’s CAA agent, Jeff Berry.

“There is no reason for a distraction to carry into the regular season, and we will continue to have dialogue over this spring and see where those discussions lead,” Van Wagenen said. “But the last thing either side wants is this to be a distraction once the season starts.”

Remember, deGrom was already an All-Star before his Cy Young season last year. In other words, the Mets need to learn from past mistakes and lock up their best pitcher now.