Mets’ Jacob deGrom hurts hamstring and third straight Cy Young bid following early exit
But those chances took a major hit after deGrom was pulled from his start after just two innings due to a hamstring injury (per Mets radio broadcaster Wayne Randazzo).
deGrom left the game because of a right hamstring spasm according to the Mets.
— Wayne Randazzo (@WayneRandazzo) September 17, 2020
The right-hander had a NL-best 1.67 ERA in his first nine starts, and deGrom also boasted a 0.87 WHIP and 13.2 K/9 on the year.
But something seemed off on Wednesday night. DeGrom failed to record a strikeout in his first time through the order. The last time that happened was over three years ago, per Sarah Langs of MLB.com.
This is the first time Jacob deGrom did not have a strikeout the first time through the order in a game since April 10, 2017, also at the Phillies.
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) September 16, 2020
DeGrom recorded a scoreless first inning. But things fell apart in the second. The 32-year-old gave up three runs on three hits, including back-to-back doubles to start the inning.
New York’s ace could be seen conversing with the team trainer in the dugout after the inning ended, with deGrom spiking his glove in disgust.
Jacob deGrom was shown talking to pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and athletic trainer Brian Chicklo. Michael Wacha warming. pic.twitter.com/XpvSy2JHvn
— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) September 16, 2020
This has major ramifications both for deGrom’s Cy Young chances as well as the Mets’ playoff hopes.
DeGrom’s ERA rose from 1.67 to 2.09 after Wednesday’s start, dropping him from first to fifth in the NL in that category.
Jacob deGrom's final line against the Phillies: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
His ERA is 2.09, fifth in the National League. https://t.co/uzOWcGzfmj
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) September 17, 2020
Additionally, deGrom might not get another spin through the rotation depending on the severity of the injury, while other hopefuls such as Chicago Cubs ace Yu Darvish and mercurial Cincinnati Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer both figure to make two more starts.
Meanwhile, the Mets had lost five of their last seven entering Wednesday’s NL East clash with the Phillies. Now, they are also in danger of losing their ace for the remainder of the year.