Mets' Jacob deGrom assesses fourth start in spring training: 'It felt good'

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Jacob deGrom front view 3/21
Jacob deGrom front view 3/21

Ace RHP Jacob deGrom scattered three hits in 4.2 scoreless innings, struck out five and walked two Sunday as the Mets recorded a 6-2 win over the Washington Nationals.

After deGrom's most extensive action yet, he summed up his fourth start of spring training with an eye on Opening Day.

"It felt good," deGrom said. "There were a couple pitches with two strikes that I left over the middle, that got hit pretty hard. So just getting those where I want 'em. So it's good to go out there and throw ... close to 75 (pitches), because that's when you're going to make really important outs.

"So I noticed, in that fourth inning, I left some pitches up and then went in the dugout and noticed I was flying open a little bit, and then tried to get back on track there for the two outs in the fifth."

DeGrom has a 0.66 ERA this spring, allowing one run on six hits while striking out 21 and walking three. He is set to get the ball when the Mets begin the regular season at the Nats next Thursday, April 1, but deGrom was focused on himself in his latest spring outing.

"I didn't look over anything, as far as a game plan," deGrom said. "It's trying to get my work in, try to throw everything and throw it where I want, try to make quality pitches -- that's the main thing for this last tune-up."