Though Rick Porcello has endured the worst season of his career in his first year with the Mets, manager Luis Rojas has at least been able to count on the former Cy Young winner to be ready to take the ball.
Most importantly, Jacob deGrom is healthy enough, too.
While Porcello (1-5, 6.06 ERA) will start Sunday’s series finale against the Braves at Citi Field, deGrom will open Monday’s home game against the Rays after leaving his most recent start with a spasm in his right hamstring. DeGrom (4-1, 2.09 ERA), who was pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Phillies after two innings because of the hamstring issue, told Rojas he was ready to make his next start following a second straight day with a successful side throwing session.
“He threw a full-steam side. I talked to him and he said, ‘I’m good,’ ” Rojas said of the back-to-back Cy Young winner. “There’s nothing. No more talk about [the hamstring]. … He’s good to go and lined up for Monday.”
Rojas wouldn’t commit to rotation plans beyond Monday, but the first-year manager said Seth Lugo (2-3, 4.34 ERA) could start Tuesday. In his most recent outing, Lugo allowed six runs and eight hits —…