Mets will skip Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom’s final turn in the rotation

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Jacob deGrom’s final turn in the Mets’ rotation will be skipped in order to limit his workload, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

deGrom missed some time with a shoulder injury last month and has thrown 179 innings between the minors and majors, including 140 innings with a 2.63 ERA and 144/43 K/BB ratio for the Mets as a 26-year-old rookie.

Reds speedster Billy Hamilton is the more-hyped National League Rookie of the Year candidate and he’s also had a good season–making up for poor hitting with speed and defense–but deGrom would probably get my (hypothetical) vote.

Last week deGrom tied the MLB record by striking out the first eight batters he faced against the Marlins and overall since mid-June he has a 1.90 ERA in 15 starts.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”