deGrom wins award; won't be skipped soon

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom has been named NL Co-Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek. And given the rookie's recent success, Sandy Alderson said the Mets have no plans to slow him down right now, even with an approaching innings cap.

In road starts last week at Seattle and Milwaukee, deGrom allowed one run in 13 1/3 innings. He became the first Mets rookie pitcher to win the NL Player of the Week Award since Octavio Dotel in 1999.

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom

#48 SP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM14
  • W5

  • L5

  • BB31

  • K83

  • ERA2.79

As for the inning cap, Alderson previously had identified it as roughly 185 for the season.

Counting his 2014 work in the minors, deGrom has 59 2/3 innings or so remaining this year.

If he pitched every five games for the rest of the season, that would mean he would have 11 starts remaining. So clearly something will have to give if deGrom is going to continue going seven innings an outing.

Because of deGrom’s success, along with the Mets’ solid play of late, team officials essentially will kick the decision down the road.

Alderson said the two options are letting deGrom go to the innings cap and then shut him down, or find a rotation turn later in the season to skip the rookie “if we find the right spot to do it.”

Added the GM: “So I think we have a couple of different ways of approaching that. Now, I don’t think we want to interrupt the flow that he has going, the success he’s had.”