May 11, 2021

Mets’ Jacob deGrom not letting coronavirus concerns distract him (New York Post)


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — What’s clear right now is that Jacob deGrom will pitch Opening Day for the Mets.

But with coronavirus fears growing by the day — if not the hour — there’s no guarantee there will be fans at Citi Field on March 26 — or that the game will even be in Queens.

For now though, deGrom is keeping his routine throughout spring training.

“I haven’t thought about it too much,’’ deGrom said of a potential change to the schedule. “It’s unfortunate, all this going on. As of right now, I’m just preparing as if everything was gonna happen normal. I think that’s the plan. It could change. For me, I just have to prepare for that day.”

It’s a lesson he learned last year, when three straight rocky starts in April were just about the only tarnish on his second consecutive Cy Young season.

And the hiccup still bothers the right-hander.

“I want to eliminate those starts that get out of control,’’ deGrom said. “I let three in a row get out of control. I wish I could have those starts back, but you learn from it. I felt like I was trying to do too much.”

Jacob deGrom warms up Wednesday.AP

At this point last spring, deGrom had yet to…

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