After losing two of his past three decisions and getting roughed up in a couple of other starts, Jacob deGrom was skipped in the rotation against the Braves Tuesday night at Citi Field and replaced by spot starter Logan Verrett. Terry Collins said it's a one-time thing to get deGrom extra rest, and he is expected to return Sunday in Cincinnati.
"This guy is too good a pitcher to pitch the way he's been pitching," Collins said of deGrom, who has one win since Aug. 18. "He's got too good of stuff and too good of command to make the mistakes he's been making. I just think the extra rest is going to help him. Five days from now, we're going to bring him back and see how he is, but I think it will make a big difference in him . . . I think the rest is going to help Jake."
Collins: It's the players
Collins' name has begun to surface in "Manager of the Year talk recently, but as much as he appreciates it, he said that award really is more about the players at a manager's disposal. "I've talked to a lot of the great managers in the game that have won these awards hundreds of times, and I will tell you that very few of them have ever said, 'Boy, I managed my [rear end] off,' " Collins said. "They put the right names in the lineup is what they've done and let them go play."
Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who is in a 0-for-10 dip, sat Tuesday night in favor of Kevin Plawecki, but Collins said d'Arnaud likely will play Wednesday night . . . Juan Uribe was a scratch because Collins said he's "still pretty sore" after a recent diving catch . . . Collins confirmed outfielder Michael Conforto will not be in the lineup against left-handed starting pitching the rest of the season.