The New York Mets came back from the dead and turned a 4-0 deficit into a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies last night. Had the Mets lost, their chances of advancing to the postseason would have been severely damaged. But they won, and while they aren’t in particularly good shape, they are still alive.
Jacob deGrom, the New York Mets’ ace and Cy Young Award candidate, had to leave yesterday’s start after just two innings while dealing with a right hamstring spasm. The issue sounds minor, but it is not 100% confirmed that he will be able to make his next scheduled start.
After leaving the mound in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park, he had a chat with the Mets’ trainer and, together with pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, decided that it wasn’t worth risking his hamstring. DeGrom threw a water bottle to the ground in frustration.
He conceded three runs in his two innings. But the best part of the night is that the Mets ended up winning the ballgame.
“That’s big,” deGrom said to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. “That’s definitely disappointing on my part, but what those guys did … is impressive. We’ve got to do that this year to the end of every game and to the end of the season to try to get in the playoffs.”
It was rookie Andres Gimenez the one that had the golden hit in the ninth frame, one that allowed the Mets to take their first lead of the night.
“Obviously, Jake going out was a big hit,” Davis said. “There wasn’t necessarily a sense of urgency, but a calmness.”
The Mets need him in one piece
The Mets absolutely need Jacob deGrom healthy to have a shot at making the playoffs.
“The back of my leg felt like it was starting to grab a little bit,” deGrom said. “It kept doing it. Once they were aware of it — I didn’t tell them about Buffalo until today — they said, ‘Hey, there’s no reason to try to push through this and hurt something.’”
The Mets will perform some tests on deGrom’s hamstring in the next couple of days to determine the next course of action.