In a sense, Jacob deGrom said recently, the most frustrating part of May was that he had pitched so well. Before the Mets removed deGrom from a May 2 start due to a hyperextended right elbow, he felt untouchable. When they skipped deGrom’s next start out of caution, he believed he was healthy enough to pitch. When the Mets again took deGrom out early last Sunday in Philadelphia due to a 45-pitch first inning, he was working on a 19 1/3-inning scoreless streak.
Despite those interruptions, deGrom lost nothing in the way of effectiveness. He matched his career high with 13 strikeouts Friday in a 3-1 win over the D-backs at Citi Field, allowing one run in seven innings in his first unabbreviated start of the month.
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