After briefly looking at recent trade acquisition Walker Lockett, the Mets’ starting staff is quickly getting to work. Jacob deGrom pitched against the powerhouse Astros on early Sunday afternoon but was pulled after one inning of work. He took the loss in the exhibition game that the Mets went on to lose 10-1.
In his first pairing with new Mets’ catcher Wilson Ramos, deGrom quickly gave up a booming double to Tony Kemp. He settled down to retire the next two batters up but then served up an RBI single to Tyler White. Ending on a high note, he struck out his last batter to end the inning. After already giving up a run and throwing 17 pitches, Mickey Callaway decided not to send deGrom out for a second inning. deGrom averaged 97 MPH on the radar gun, which is about where he rests when he is in midseason form.
“I have got some work to do, but the main thing was just going out there and feeling good.”-Jacob deGrom, following his first Spring Training start
It is important to not overreact at this start, even though it is easy to look at his 9.00 spring ERA and blow things out of proportion. It’s the first start of the year, and pitchers are getting used to throwing 100% again. While Mickey Callaway expressed concern over his velocity, citing that he was throwing too hard, there were no other concerns about his performance.
Once fully tuned-up, Jacob deGrom will join a rotation with spectacular potential heading into 2019.