Contrary to the belief of many before the season, the Mets’ pitching has been their kryptonite so far into the season. Everyone has been responsible — including the usually-inhuman Jacob deGrom. He has given up 9 runs in his last 9 innings while he has labored through each start. It has now come to light that his recent struggles may be due to an illness he has been battling for more than a week.
Jacob deGrom was recently diagnosed with strep throat, and began taking antibiotics early this week. This would explain the whirlwind of a season that deGrom has had to this point. In his first 2 starts, deGrom did not give up a run in 13 innings pitched. Everything changed in his last two starts as he got rocked by the Twins and labored through 5 innings against the Braves.
In a rotation that has struggled in its last turn through the order, the Mets could really use deGrom, Syndergaard, and Wheeler to get back on track. However, they will need to wait until Saturday. In a resulting move, deGrom will not make his scheduled start Friday against the Cardinals to give him an extra day to recover. In his place will be struggling left-hander Jason Vargas, who did not make it through the first inning in his last start against the Braves. The Mets are hopeful that Jacob deGrom will be able to make his start Saturday with an extra day to recover.