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Jacob deGrom: 'I'm still not feeling very comfortable on the mound'

DENVER -- Jacob deGrom isn't pitching poorly, but he still is searching for his 2015 form.

"I'm still not feeling very comfortable on the mound," deGrom said Sunday, after a no-decision in the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. "My front side is still not getting up where I want it to. But I kept us in that ballgame. That was my main goal. They say this is a pretty tough place to pitch, but overall I felt decent."

DeGrom was charged with three runs on four hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision. He departed with a 3-2 lead and the tying run at second base. Jim Henderson proceeded to allow a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn.

DeGrom has been pitching with lower velocity this season and has struggled with his mechanics. He nonetheless has produced a 2.50 ERA through six starts.

"When I go out there, I go out there with what I've got," deGrom said. "During the game, you can't think about it too much. You take what you've got out there and do what you can with it. That's kind of what I did today. My secondary pitches weren't great. They were hitting some balls hard right at people. I got fortunate there."

The lower fastball velocity -- 2-3 mph off last season -- has made deGrom's margin for error somewhat less.

"It's a little easier whenever you can throw 97 and miss in the middle every once in a while," deGrom said. "When you're not feeling the greatest, then you've got to bear down and locate a little more.

"My numbers are all right, and I'm putting the team in position to win when I go out there. I'm happy with that. That's the goal -- to put us in a position to win. I'm going out there doing my best to keep us in every ballgame."