PHILADELPHIA — Trevor Bauer and Yu Darvish are lurking, awaiting any Jacob deGrom misstep.
By this point in the last two Septembers, deGrom’s chances of winning the National League Cy Young Award were already extremely tilted in his favor. If deGrom has the edge in this condensed season, it isn’t as pronounced.
The Mets ace will get the ball Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, with a NL-leading 1.67 ERA. Behind him are Bauer (1.71) and Darvish, who has a 2.00 mark after giving up three earned runs to the Indians on Tuesday.
Bauer was leading the NL in WHIP (0.81) to deGrom’s (0.87). Bauer’s 83 strikeouts were four ahead of deGrom, who is attempting to join Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to win as many as three straight Cy Young awards.
DeGrom’s remaining starts after Wednesday are scheduled for Monday against the Rays at Citi Field and the final weekend of the season in Washington.
In his last start against the Phillies, deGrom allowed one earned run on three hits over seven innings at Citi Field. He has not pitched at Citizens Bank Park this season, but owns a 2.43 ERA in seven career starts here.
Manager Luis Rojas…