Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Mets think they've found way to protect deGrom while he's hitting

Mets think they've found way to protect deGrom while he's hitting

First, this was his first start since he injured his elbow on a swing. They've lost in his last three. The 25-year-old has been one of the most consistent hurlers in the Philadelphia bullpen; as seen in his 1.13 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 16 innings.

The Mets announced that deGrom was removed because of his pitch count and not an injury.

The homer by Williams made a victor out of Nola (6-1), who allowed the one run on nine hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings. They'll get him back up to speed before long, but why push things if it's not needed?

Edubray Ramos picked up his first save of the season on Sunday by firing a scoreless inning against the Mets. The Mets'.230 average and.684 OPS ranked 10th and 13th, respectively, in the National League entering the weekend. He was 3-0 with a 1.87 ERA in his first seven starts, and his 1.7 WAR is tied for seventh-best among qualified pitchers, per FanGraphs. NY said he was removed as a precaution because of the length of the inning and the 59-minute rain delay that preceded it.

Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin will face Syndergaard as he continues to make his case for a long-term spot in the rotation.

Eflin, meanwhile, has a 0.71 ERA in two major league starts this season. He gave up just one run on three hits against the Marlins in his 2018 debut, and Eflin followed it up with 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Giants on Monday. I will look for this one to be a classic pitcher's duel. NY lifted him following a 45-pitch first. There have been games in the past where I've kind of nibbled the corners or not threw pitches aggressively.

Aaron Nola will toe the rubber for the Phillies and he has gone 5-1 with a 2.05 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP in eight starts on the year, including 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP in four starts here at home. The Mets are 41-17 in their last 58 games at Citizens Bank Park - including a 3-1 victory Friday - and are 41-19 overall against the Phillies since 2015.

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