January 20, 2021

Jacob deGrom uncertainty leaves Mets rotation in flux (New York Post)


PHILADELPHIA — This much is clear in the Mets’ muddled rotation: Robert Gsellman and David Peterson are scheduled to pitch the next two nights in Miami.

Beyond that, there are still various questions to be answered, starting with whether Jacob deGrom will get the ball Wednesday. The Mets ace, who was scratched from his last start with neck tightness, played catch before his team’s 6-2 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, but manager Luis Rojas later couldn’t conclusively say if deGrom will pitch against the Marlins. DeGrom would likely have to throw a side session Monday to be in play for his Wednesday start.

And then there is Steven Matz, whose ERA surged to 9.00 with his latest clunker, on Saturday against the Phillies. For a second straight day, Rojas would not commit to keeping Matz in the rotation. Rojas indicated he and the staff want to speak with Matz and break down his last start before reaching a conclusion.

The reinforcements at this point include Walker Lockett — who started in deGrom’s place Friday and allowed six earned runs over five innings — and Franklyn Kilome, who was recalled from the Mets’ alternate training site Sunday to…

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