ATLANTA — In case Jacob deGrom needs a refresher course on the topic, a “slump” is a stretch in which a player underperforms.
Maybe two straight games isn’t a terrific sample size, but this is the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, coming off a historic season. And so, the slump is on.
The Mets ace produced a second straight clunker Sunday night, in a non-quality performance that contributed to a missed opportunity for a series win in a 7-3 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park.
DeGrom (2-2) slogged through five innings and received little offensive support as the Mets lost their second straight to finish with a split in the four-game series.
“I’m not really throwing the ball where I want to right now,” deGrom said. “I am kind of cutting the fastball, yanking the slider and my changeup is good at times but other times it’s not. I don’t know if it’s something mechanical. I have to get in there and look and figure it out.”