Three weeks ago, deGrom had two of the worst starts of his career, giving up 15 runs over eight combined innings in consecutive losses, to the Texas Rangers and the Milwaukee Brewers.
DeGrom has been working to improve his mechanics and his command. For the past month, he has thrown two light bullpen sessions, instead of the standard one, between starts. He sought advice from the Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, who used the same approach throughout most of his career.
That has made deGrom more comfortable in his delivery.
“The effort level is way down, but it’s about being on the mound and being familiar with it,” he said.
And the result has been a dominant three-start stretch. The Mets’ use of a six-man rotation these past two weeks provided extra rest and allowed the team to increase deGrom’s pitch count.
DeGrom had a complete-game gem on June 12 and a stellar eight-inning start six days later. Over his past 25…