The biggest concern is keeping the Mets’ miniscule postseason chances alive, but Jacob deGrom will also have a National League Cy Young Award race to consider.
DeGrom will return to the mound Monday night against the Rays, after he was somewhat knocked around in his previous start, which concluded with him leaving the mound with a right hamstring spasm.
The Mets ace will enter play sixth in the NL with a 2.09 ERA. That number sat at 1.69 last week in Philadelphia before he allowed three earned runs over two innings and then departed with the hammy issue.
Corbin Burnes, Trevor Bauer and Yu Darvish are among the pitchers deGrom is chasing with two starts remaining. Bauer leads the NL with 88 strikeouts. DeGrom is sixth with 80.
After the Mets lost 7-0 to the Braves on Sunday, manager Luis Rojas was asked if deGrom’s pursuit of a third straight Cy Young Award will factor into any game decisions.
“The win is our focus,” Rojas said. “Jake has won back-to-back Cy Youngs because of the pitcher he is and we’re looking for that pitcher [Monday] that puts us in that spot to win the ballgame. That is how we’re going to make in-game decisions when Jake starts the…