PHILADELPHIA – Jacob deGrom’s bid for a three-tower Cy Young Award contest was a double hit Wednesday night.
First, the Mets ace, with some unstable defense as the culprit, allowed three runs won against the Phillies over two innings. He then left the game with a spasm straight to his hamstrings.
Through it, all of the Mets rallied, overcoming an initial four-run deficit to get a three-game skate with a 5-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, helping their postseason opportunities.
DeGrom said he first heard the hamstrings “grabbed” last Friday as he warmed up in the runner for his start against the Blue Jays, but the problem went away. He returned during Wednesday̵7;s first inning, prompting deGrom to alert the team’s medical staff. DeGrom indicated that his removal, a later entry, was more precautionary than necessary.
While deGrom hopes he can get back on track before his next scheduled start on Monday, manager Luis Rojas won’t commit to anything. DeGrom has two remaining scheduled starts.
“I don’t care too much that it’s a long-term thing, I think we’ll probably stop at the right time,” deGrom said. “Running, playing catch, it seems good. Then, once I get to the maximum intensity in a game, that’s when I felt it. We hope it’s something we can try and get back to as soon as possible. “
In two innings, deGrom allowed three runs won in four hits with an attack and a walk. He started the night as the National League leader with an effectiveness of 1.69, but that number had jumped to 2.09 by his exit. Beneficiaries included Trevor Bauer of the Reds, who took the NL lead with an effectiveness of 1.71. Yu Darvish of the Cubs is behind him at 1.86. DeGrom tries to join Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson as the sole pitcher to win up to three consecutive Cy Young awards.
“I still felt like I should have been able to make throws and I didn’t,” deGrom said. “I do not think so [the hamstring] is any excuse for that. I didn’t throw the ball the way I needed to to throw it in some situations. The goal is to prepare whenever they tell me I can throw again.
Andrés Gimenez tied for first with a single in the ninth after Robinson Cano had been the leader of the round and Amed Rosario, pinch runner, was tied for second by Hector Neris.
JD Davis had a game for the Mets, which went from 3 to 4 with three RBIs. Davis broke an RBI double in the eighth, tying 4-4 against Adam Morgan and securing deGrom’s non-decision.
“We just knew we had to go through the team, especially with Jake coming down,” Davis said.
Michael Wacha gave the Mets a chance at the comeback by allowing just one run in five hits in four innings after Grom’s elimination. Justin Wilson, Miguel Castro and Edwin Diaz combined for three unscored innings to finish it off.
Andrew Knapp’s shot with Dominic Smith’s glove for a double RBI sparked the Phillies’ great entry against deGrom. At the entrance, Andrew McCutchen’s RBI field choice provoked a final run while Wilson Ramos dropped Gimenez’s shot trying to apply a quick tag to Scott Kingery on the plate. Adam Haseley’s sacrifice had given the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
Zack Wheeler, in his second appearance against his former team in 1 ½ weeks, allowed three runs won in seven hits over 7 innings of 7 ¹ / in in the non-decision. The right-hander threw for the first time since a nail broke last week while putting on his pants, causing him to miss the start.
Davis threw a two-run homer in the sixth that pushed the Mets to 4-3. The Mets ’first run came on Robinson Cano’s RBI track after Davis’ double in the fourth.
“What we did tonight we have to build,” Rojas said. “And some of the things that have still happened tonight we have to minimize more and more. We made a mistake soon … we also had a base operation error later in the night, but we passed these two things and we got the W “.