Jacob deGrom was last seen in something of a rut. Will the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner return to form on Friday?
First things first: The Mets just want deGrom back on the mound, after he was scratched from his previous start with discomfort in his right elbow. A subsequent MRI exam was clean, and deGrom incurred no further issues in his throwing sessions this week.
The expectation is deGrom will take the ball against the Brewers at Citi Field. If for whatever reason the Mets need to make a last-minute adjustment they could piece together a bullpen game or go with Noah Syndergaard on full rest.
DeGrom, who had battled strep before his elbow discomfort, is coming off two straight clunkers.
In his last start, he went only five innings in Atlanta and allowed three earned runs. That followed a dud against the Twins in which he allowed six earned runs over four innings, snapping a streak of 26 straight quality starts dating to last season.
The Mets are urging fans to take public transportation or rideshare services to Citi Field on Saturday, with an expected large crowd for a Syndergaard bobblehead giveaway, coupled with a reduction in parking spaces in Lot C to set up for Cirque du Soleil Luzia, which will run May 3 to June 9.
As eyes turned toward the NFL draft, Tim Tebow went hitless in five at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse, dropping his batting average to .164 with five RBIs. The former Heisman Trophy winner has struck out 22 times in 55 at-bats.