Mickey Callaway 'Not Concerned' By Jacob DeGrom's Slow Start

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May 28, 2019 - 6:21 pm
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By WFAN.com

Jacob deGrom set the bar so high in 2018, but he hasn’t been as dominant in 2019.

DeGrom took home the NL Cy Young award last year after an incredible season. This year has been riddled with inconsistency for the Mets, and for deGrom as well.

Despite his relatively slow start this spring, deGrom still has the full confidence of Mickey Callaway. On Tuesday, Callaway joined Mike Francesa on WFAN to discuss everything going on with the Mets, including how the Mets manager isn’t worried about deGrom at all.

“No, I'm not concerned," said Callaway. "I think we are going to look up at the end of the season and you are going to see better than what we've seen so far. Having said that, he's got a three-something ERA and things have not gone his way at all. He has definitely battled, hasn't pitched the way he'd like to, but for him to have a three-something and as bad as it feels things have been going, he's done a great job of battling. He's going to settle in ... He's going to have a terrific season. We have to continue to score runs when he pitches to give him a chance."

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DeGrom hasn’t been bad in 2019, but he hasn't been as good as the standards he set during his historic campaign last year. The 30-year-old is 3-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 11 starts. The Mets hitters have struggled to provide run support in a few of those 11 starts.

On Monday night, deGrom allowed two runs in seven innings and got a no-decision as the Mets lost 9-5 to the Dodgers. 

DeGrom signed a new five-year, $137.5 million deal in March on the eve of the new season. The Mets need him to be the ace he is being paid to be if they're going to push for the playoffs.

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Noah Syndergaard is another Mets starting pitcher who hasn’t lived up to expectations that were set at the beginning of the season. His struggles seem to be more severe, and they also seem to be of more concern to Callaway. 

“Noah has got to pitch better, and I think he will. I think the confidence just isn't there. We had a good meeting with him the other day and said 'hey you got to throw all that stuff in the past away, and you got to go out there and be Noah Syndergaard. Go out there and be Thor. If you want to go be Thor you have to act like it and go out there and battle every pitch. We just have to get his confidence going. He looks like he's not as confident as what I've seen in the past."

Syndergaard is 3-4 with a 4.93 ERA this year. His last start came on Friday and didn’t go well. He allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings as the Mets eventually lost 9-8 to the Tigers.

J.D. Davis is one player who has been a bright spot for the team as of late. Callaway also agreed with Francesa's assertion that Davis needs to be playing every day. 

"He has got to be in there every day. There is just no denying that. He has done a great job. We're putting him out there in left, he'll play third when he's not in left. He has got to be a regular on this team at this point. He is one of our better hitters. He shows it every night, whether it's a lefty or a righty, and he just has to play."

Click on the audio player above to listen to Mike Francesa's full interview with Mickey Callaway. 

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