LEADING OFF: DeGrom down for bit, Soto eases back with Nats

The Mets will see how ace Jacob deGrom fares this week after being scratched from his start at St. Louis when he had trouble getting loose during a pregame stretch. The team said deGrom had inflammation in his right lat and wouldn’t throw for the next few days. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been baseball’s most dominant pitcher this season, with a major league-best 0.51 ERA in five starts. Still, he is just 2-2 as New York continues to have trouble scoring runs for him. Also, Washington star Juan Soto will be limited to pinch-hitting duty for now after coming off the injured list.