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Fielders undermine winless deGrom

CHICAGO -- Jacob deGrom noted his control wasn’t great, but the winless rookie still deserved a better fate.

Chris Young could not come up with a sinking liner off the bat of Luis Valbuena to lead off the bottom of the second inning, resulting in a double. And Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores were not quick enough to turn a double play on Darwin Barney’s grounder later that inning.

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom

#48 SP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM5
  • W0

  • L2

  • BB15

  • K28

  • ERA3.19

So the Mets should have been long out of the three-run frame before opposing pitcher Travis Wood launched his eighth career homer -- a two-run shot. The Cubs ultimately beat the Mets, 7-4, in a no-decision for deGrom.

The Mets are the worst in the majors in the double-play turn category of Defensive Runs Saved.

“We’ve got to turn some double plays,” Terry Collins said. “As you know, they get you out of innings. They get you out of innings. You make a good pitch and you’ve got to get rewarded from it.”

DeGrom is now winless in five major league starts. He was charged with four runs on five hits and three walks in five innings. His streak of four straight quality starts was snapped.

“My stuff was good. I just struggled with command,” deGrom said. “I fell behind a lot of people and had to pitch to them. That pretty much sums it up. … I had to throw the ball over the middle of the plate a little more than I wanted to.”

Said Collins: “We make a couple of plays and he does fine. We had to hit for him in that situation [in the sixth]. You’re down three. We’ve got a big situation. We may not have another one throughout the game. It wasn’t his best outing by any means, but certainly it was fine.”

DeGrom, meanwhile, said he knew Wood was a threat at the plate.

“I knew he was a good-hitting pitcher,” deGrom said. “I wanted to get that ball on the outside corner and it tailed back over the middle.”