MILWAUKEE -- July has been a blistering month for Jacob deGrom.
“He’s been very good,” manager Terry Collins said after deGrom helped the Mets split the four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 victory on Sunday. “We keep talking about it. I guess he has to go out each time and prove it. He’s been very good. He was very good today.”
The rookie right-hander, pitching like a veteran hurler, has won his last four decisions dating back to July 8 against the Atlanta Braves. Over that stretch, he has a stellar 0.66 ERA, allowing two earned runs.
He stymied the Brewers’ offense, limiting them to two harmless hits scattered over six solid innings, and then two more in the seventh.
“Against a good lineup, you can’t make mistakes,” Collins said. “He stayed away from mistakes.”
He went out for the seventh having already thrown a season-high 109 pitches, a move that seemed surprising.
Collins explained that it had to do with the rest he’d be getting before his next start.
It was also a chance to stretch him out, according to the manager, who consulted with pitching coach Dan Warthen and deGrom.
“He’s got an extra day,” Collins said. “We’re off Thursday. He doesn’t pitch until Saturday. I told Dan let’s try to stretch him, 120 would be tops. He was keeping the ball down. He was keeping the ball in the ballpark. He had an easy inning the inning before.”
Added deGrom: “He asked me if I was all right. I wanted to go back out there. [It] means a lot that he had confidence in me to go back out there in the seventh inning with that many pitches.”
Keeping it in the park: In his last nine starts (59.0 innings), Jacob deGrom has not allowed a home run. This is the second-longest active streak among NL starters and sixth longest among major-league pitchers.
Firing blanks: This was the eighth time the Mets have shut out an opponent this season.