Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom pulled after one inning in return from DL

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom pulled after one inning in return from DL

DeGrom also needed 45 pitches to get out of the first inning. The first inning took a long time and there was a rain delay before the game.

New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom returned from the disabled list Sunday but lasted just one inning against the Philadelphia Phillies, needing 45 pitches to record three outs. NY removed him as a precaution because of the length of the inning and the 59-minute rain delay that preceded it. "The reasoning I understand, but who wants to pitch one inning as a starter", he told reporters. The Mets had placed deGrom on the disabled list with a hyperextended elbow, suffered May 2 against the Atlanta Braves during an at-bat.

The first inning lasted 39 minutes and produced no runs. Philadelphia's Aaron Nola worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam.

The Mets' leading hitter coming into this set was Asdrubal Cabrera with 43 hits, 23 runs, six homers and 22 RBI.

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Despite the recent troubles, manager Gabe Kapler remains optimistic that Neris can still succeed as a closer, despite the fact is ERA has ballooned to 5.15.

In the Friday game, the Mets scored three runs in the top of the ninth for a wild comeback victory 3-1. NY is also 1-5 in Syndergaard's last six Saturday starts and 7-2 in his last nine starts in game two of a series.

For Saturday's matchup, the Mets will be going with RHP Noah Syndergaard. They have really needed his offense as Rhys Hoskins is in a slump as he has hit just.143 with one homer in his last 12 games. In his career, he has gone 25-16 with a 3.47 ERA in 58 starts on the road and 6-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 21 starts during May, plus 19-8 with a 1.97 ERA in 40 starts in the daytime, while against the Phillies he has gone 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 11 starts, including 2-0 with a 3.23 ERA in five starts here at Citizens Bank Park. 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.

While the Mets avoided disaster in the first inning, two homers later in the game were enough to sink them and allow the Phillies to earn a series split following Saturday's rainout.