He can still clear the fences, though.
"He's got deception. He's got everything you need to be a successful pitcher", Mackanin said.
"Definitely fun and hopefully I have many more", he said.
Carlos Ruiz doubled and had two hits for the fourth-place Phillies, who have won 11 of 15. And Juan Lagares, starting his third straight game against a righthanded pitcher, tripled home a run.
"We don't seem to hit as well as we should in this park", Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "I didn't want to hear the Mets fans".
DeGrom said the difference between now and early in the season is that his front shoulder is no longer flying open during his delivery.
Reds 1, Brewers 0: Billy Hamilton dashed home on All-Star Jonathan Lucroy's passed ball with two outs in the ninth inning, giving Cincinnati the win.
Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup for the first time since July 8 and went 0-for-3 with a walk.
With one out in the seventh and the score tied at 2-2, Peter Bourjos reached on a throwing error by NY shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera threw wide of first baseman James Loney, allowing speedy Peter Bourjos to reach with one out. Mets reliever Jerry Blevins (3-1) then walked Cody Asche and was replaced on the mound by Hansel Robles.
"I know I have a lot to work on and I can do that in Triple-A", Nimmo said. Zach Eflin was the losing pitcher for the Phillies.
Edubray Ramos (1-0) worked a hitless inning for his first major league win. Jeanmar Gomez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 25th save in 27 chances.
Eflin allowed three runs on five hits in six innings to take the loss. Perhaps the most hurtful of that lot was in the fifth inning, when deGrom came to the plate after Eflin had recorded two quick outs.
"We discussed the break a few days before it happened and he thought it would really be helpful for him", Collins said. This series brings together familiar faces with Phillies rookie OF Tyler Goeddel and his older brother Erik, a Mets reliever.
Curtis Granderson opened the fourth with a two-base hit, advanced on Neil Walker's groundout and came home on a sacrifice fly by Travis d'Arnaud to give NY a 2-1 cushion. The right-hander is 1-4 with a 5.20 ERA as a starter this season. He took Matt Harvey's spot in the rotation this month when the former ace was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome.
"I didn't have my best stuff today, but I was able to battle and limit the damage", he said.
Cespedes left last Friday night's game with a strained right quadriceps muscle and was later ruled out of the All-Star Game.
After deGrom endured a first half filled with concern about a dip in velocity and even a lat injury that forced him to miss two starts, he began the second half nearly as well as any pitcher could.