New York Mets News

Jacob deGrom shut down due to innings limit

By Danny Abriano
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The Mets announced Tuesday that Jacob deGrom, who is at his innings limit, will not make his final 2014 start.

DeGrom would’ve pitched on Saturday or Sunday during game 161 or 162, but that start will instead go to Rafael Montero.

DeGrom threw 178.1 innings this season between Triple-A Las Vegas and the majors. In 2013, he threw 147.2 innings split between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A.

Generally, the Mets – and most teams – allow their young starters to increase their workload by roughly 30 innings per season.

Using that formula, deGrom should be able to pitch roughly 210 innings in 2015, which should get him through a full season.

For the Mets this season, deGrom posted a 2.63 ERA and 1.13 WHIP while striking out 9.24 per 9.

Thoughts:

Selfishly, nearly every Mets fan wants to see deGrom finish out the season, but shutting him down at this point is the prudent move.

DeGrom missed a few starts in August due to a rotator cuff injury, and has velocity was noticeably down during his last start – something deGrom said was by design.

Still, ending deGrom’s season at this point should ensure that he heads into 2015 rested and healthy.

As far as deGrom’s Rookie of the Year candidacy is concerned, not making his last start should have close to zero impact on the voting. DeGrom is the logical choice for the award, and it should be his.

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