The Mets officially bottomed out Saturday. They now own the worst winning percentage (.400) in the National League after losing for a second consecutive day to the Marlins.
Their ace, Jacob deGrom, is officially fed up.
“I’m tired of losing, to be honest,” he told reporters in Miami after his team dropped to 32-48 overall, 5-21 in June and 21-47 after an 11-1 start.
About 90 minutes after deGrom spoke, Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray was plumbing his own dark depths. He was booed off the mound in the Bronx after allowing six runs (all earned) to the Red Sox in 2 1/3 innings. The former A’s ace’s ERA ballooned to 5.44 after his worst start of the month.
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It was as if the baseball gods were goading the New York fan bases and tabloids into turning up the deGrom-to-the-Bronx noise to 48.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged this week that he’s keeping the lines of communication open with the Mets, although he couldn’t say who he’s pursuing. Put it this way: Jose Reyes, who shuffled his way to the bench Saturday after jogging to first base on a ground ball, isn’t in the discussions.
It’s deGrom or bust. Noah Syndergaard’s fickle finger may have sealed his fate for this season (i.e., remaining in Queens). The Yankees and all the other interested teams have no idea when he’ll return to the mound.
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The Yanks and Mets should be motivated to get serious about hammering out what would be the biggest trade ever between them. The Bombers would get an ace with October experience; the Mets would get to skim a bunch of young players off the top of the Bombers’ deep pool; and the heat would come off Gray slightly as he slides farther down the rotation.
The Yankees, naturally, will be better off if they can reach an agreement well before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline. Three or four July starts by deGrom (1.84 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 11.2 K/9) could make a big difference in a tight AL East race.
In fact, if the swap happens in the next two weeks, then one of those starts could come right after the All-Star break in the Bronx . . . against the Mets.
Such a scenario ought to have fans and media screaming from the bottom of their toes to the top of their lungs for a move to be made, pronto.
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