Jacob deGrom unlikely to start game four, Steven Matz on-track for the start
Jacob deGrom threw 121 pitches in seven innings during Friday night’s win over the Dodgers in game one of the National League Division Series.
Because he took on such a heavy workload, Terry Collins hinted on Friday night deGrom would be unlikely to start game four, and that was reaffirmed on Saturday afternoon.
“I think it’s unrealistic right now that he would be the game four pitcher,” Collins explained on Saturday.
Instead, Steven Matz will likely start on Tuesday night at Citi Field, if the game is necessary.
Collins didn’t rule out the possibility of deGrom coming back if the Mets lose the next two games and are in a do-or-die spot on Tuesday, but that would be the only situation in which deGrom would pitch on Tuesday night.
He could be used in relief for a few innings if needed, as the Mets could use that outing instead of having him throw a bullpen session. But that could also eliminate deGrom from pitching game one of the National League Championship Series which begins a week from now. That is significant as well.
Then again, the Mets might want to consider saving deGrom for a potential game five on five days rest against Zack Greinke or even Clayton Kershaw if it gets that far, and just worry about the next round when and if they get there.
Having Matz available makes this decision a lot easier, of course.
If Matz had suffered a setback during his outing in the instructional league, Bartolo Colon would be the logical candidate to start game four.