NEW YORK — Jacob deGrome kept pitching and hitting the Mets for victory all night Friday night.
New York manager Luis Rojas even relied on him to diagnose his elbow injury – and Dr. DeGrom says don’t fret.
“My anxiety level is not very high,” DeGrom said.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner faced a minimum of six innings and a two-run single rip before leaving with right flexor tendinitis, which tarnished New York’s 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
DeGrom was pulled after 80 pitches and his scoreless streak was extended to 22 innings.
The right-handed batsman said he felt an elbow problem this week but was not worried about it. He tore a ligament in his pitching elbow as a minor leaguer and needed Tommy John surgery in 2010, and he said “feel nothing like that.”
Elbows began to tighten in the sixth inning, leading to the decision to pull DeGrom. He did several tests to make sure the ligament remained intact — something the 32-year-old does regularly — but those tests didn’t involve any imaging.
“Whenever you say anything elbow to a pitcher, everybody gets nervous about it,” DeGrom said. “But like I said, I do a lot of ligament tests on my own, and doing them, knowing how they feel, is a completely different place.”
DeGrom doesn’t plan to seek out MRIs or other imaging, and he expects to continue with his normal starting routine and pitch the next time his rotation spot arrives.
Rojas is on board with that plan.
“I’m not worried either, just because Jake isn’t there,” Rojas said. “This is a guy who knows his body really well, knows his hand really well.”
The injury spoiled the memorable two-way performance of deGrom, who has five RBIs this season – compared to four earned runs.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner’s 0.56 ERA is the lowest ever by a pitcher through 10 starts, just ahead of Juan Marichal’s 0.59 in 1966.
Facing San Diego and star slugger Fernando Tatis Jr. for the second time in six days, DeGrom was right until Will Myers defeated Shift with a weak grounder in fifth. Myers was caught stealing a few pitches later by catcher James McCann.
DeGrom thought he had a shot at a perfect game after four innings.
“Definitely the idea came to my mind,” he said. “Throwing a no-hitter or a perfect game has definitely been a goal, just not being able to do it.”
Myers was the only runner to reach against deGrom, who scored 10 runs despite a brief outing. New York has been limiting its workload with a right-sided stiffness since an injured list in May.
Billy McKinney scored the first of his two doubles in fifth, and DeGrom followed with his two-run hit.
For the first time since August 2018, DeGrom won for the third time in a row in the same season.
“That’s plus stuff, plus command,” said Padres manager Jayce Tingler. “That’s as tough as they come.”
San Diego dropped its third straight. Blake Snell (2-3) conceded three runs in more than four innings, and the Padres couldn’t do enough damage against the New York bullpen.
Right-hander Miguel Castro replaced DeGrom in seventh and allowed a double by Tatis and a two-run homer by Jake Cronenworth before exiting with a neck tightness.
Aaron Loop took the mound in eighth, but left with two outs after being hit in the arm by a returner.
Closer Edwin Diaz took the last out and three more in the ninth – including Tatis’ third strike of the game – for his 11th save. New York went seven games ahead of .500 for the first time this season.
In the fifth, left-hitter DeGrom faked a bunt and nearly jumped out of his shoes on Snell’s first offer with runners in first and second and no outs, but he missed. Snell balked, leading McKinney and Jose Peraza before the next pitch. This allowed him to score with ease when deGrom took a single towards left-center field.
It was the final pitch for Snell, who said he lost command of his fastball in the fourth and fifth innings on Friday.
He said, ‘I feel really good. “The last two innings I lost my fastball, and yes, if I don’t, it’s a completely different game.”
The Mets increased capacity as virus protocols were eased, and nearly 26,637 were set to cheer for their ace in Queens. He chanted “MVP”—the loudest after his fifth inning hit.
He received his 100th strikeout when Tatis went down swinging in the fourth, reaching the mark in 61 2/3 innings – the shortest innings to reach 100 punchouts in a season, hitting the mound at 60 feet, six inches in 1893. Was transferred to ESPN. .
Padres: CF Trent Grisham (left heel injury) played his second rehab game with Triple-A El Paso. Manager Jayce Tingler said Grisham is likely to rejoin the club during a series in Colorado early next week, but could return as soon as Sunday for the series finale against New York. … left-hander Joe Beimel signed a minor league deal with San Diego. The 44-year-old hasn’t entered majors since 2015.
Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco had PRP injections on his injured right hamstring after struggling to regain muscle strength. He will be laid off for a week, but acting general manager Zack Scott still hopes he can return sometime in July. … 2b Jeff McNeil (hamstring) may begin rehab work on Sunday. … INF was activated by Luis Guillorm (skew) IL and INF Travis Blankenhorn was selected for triple-A. Guillorme was dismissed as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.
Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (4-5, 2.33) faces Mets RHP Marcus Strowman (5-4, 2.41) in a performance from veteran pitchers who are currently with their hometown teams.
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