PORT ST. LUCIE — Coming off back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards, Jacob deGrom said he feels there is still room for improvement, which is why he threw the curveball J.D. Davis hit for a home run during a simulated game on a back field Friday.
“I’ve been putting some work in-between [starts] on it and it’s been good in the pen,’’ deGrom said in the Mets clubhouse at Clover Park following his three-inning, 51-pitch simulated-game outing. “In the game, it seems to pop up.”
DeGrom hasn’t thrown the pitch much during his career and isn’t sure how much he’ll use it going forward.
“It’s something I’ve been working on to have another weapon,’’ deGrom said. “Once [Davis] hit it, I said to Rene [Rivera], ‘That’s why I don’t throw it.’ ”
The right-hander said he expects to make three more appearances before the regular season — and he likely will pitch to Wilson Ramos.
“When we’re getting closer to Opening Day, they need to be all games,’’ said deGrom, who opted for the sim game Friday.
Davis said he is impressed deGrom continues to look for ways to improve even after his success.
“He’s a two-time Cy…