USA

New York Mets move Jacob deGrom back 1 day for extra rest

CHICAGO (AP) — The New York Mets tweaked their rotation before their series against the Chicago Cubs, giving ace right-hander Jacob deGrom an extra day of rest.

The 32-year-old deGrom was slated to start Thursday at Wrigley Field, but the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was moved back to Friday’s home game against the Washington Nationals.

The change puts Joey Lucchesi back on regular rest after the left-hander threw 55 pitches while working three innings during New York’s 7-2 loss at Colorado in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

The Mets won two of three against the Rockies over the weekend, and then were off Monday. Manager Luis Rojas said deGrom asked for the extra rest.

“Jake this time wanted the extra day, and it keeps Lucchesi in line, too,” Rojas said before Tuesday’s series opener against the Cubs. “So it just works well. He had the lesser amount of pitches in his outing, so we’re going with him on Thursday and then Jake will pitch when we get back to New York.”

DeGrom worked six innings in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, striking out 14 for the second straight outing and leading the Mets to a 4-3 victory. He is 1-1 with a sparkling 0.45 ERA over his first three starts.

DeGrom’s performance against the Rockies included nine straight strikeouts, one shy of Tom Seaver’s major league record. He finished with 99 pitches, 67 for strikes.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

More from WTOP

Football news:

Griezmann spoke with Hamilton and visited the Mercedes boxes at the Spanish Grand Prix
Barcelona feels that Neymar used it. He said that he wanted to return, but extended his contract with PSG (RAC1)
Aubameyang to the Arsenal fans: We wanted to give you something good. I am sorry that we could not
Atletico did not lose at the Camp Nou. Busquets' injury is the turning point of the match (and the championship race?)
Verratti injured his knee ligaments in PSG training. Participation in the Euro is still in question
Neymar's contract in one picture. Mbappe wants the same one
Manchester United would like to sign Bellingham in the summer, not Sancho. Borussia do not intend to sell Jude