Mets starter Jacob deGrom took the loss on Saturday against the Marlins, yielding three runs over six innings. He wasn’t as sharp as he normally has been this season, but it didn’t matter much as the Mets pushed across only two runs. deGrom owns a major league-best 1.84 ERA but has a mediocre 5-4 record and the team is 6-11 overall in his 17 starts.
After Saturday’s game, deGrom said, “I’m frustrated. I’m tired of losing, to be honest,” MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.
The Mets, after staving off a series sweep with a win on Sunday afternoon, are now 33-48, a game ahead of the last-place Marlins. They went 5-21 in June, setting a club record for worst record in that month. The Mets haven’t won a series since taking two of three from the Braves in Atlanta at the end of May. One can understand deGrom’s frustration. And things may not get any better in the near future. The Mets play the Phillies, Nationals, and Yankees in consecutive series in mid-July.
deGrom, 30, is earning $7.4 million this season and has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining, which makes him quite valuable beyond his talents on the mound. As the Mets continue to plunge in the NL East, it becomes increasingly more likely that he — and/or rotation mate Noah Syndergaard — gets dealt to a contending team by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”