Jacob deGrom won't start for the Mets against Atlanta on Tuesday because New York thinks the reigning NL Rookie of the Year needs some rest.
The 27-year-old is 13-8 with a 2.64 ERA in 28 starts this year, his first full big-league season, but is 1-2 with a 6.41 ERA in his past five outings.
Mets manager Terry Collins says ''the location of his pitches is not what it needs to be'' and ''everything seems to be moving up.''
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Collins said Saturday that results against the Yankees this weekend will help determine whether deGrom is pushed back or skipped.
Logan Verrett will take deGrom's place Tuesday against Atlanta.