Opponents are hitting .327 over deGrom's last five starts. Collins said he isn't exactly sure when deGrom will pitch next, saying the way the team plays will dictate that.
"I don't know if I necessarily need it, but it can't hurt," deGrom said. "I don't think it can hurt. That's what they chose to do. So that's what we're going to do."
The 27-year-old deGrom does not have an innings cap even though he's already thrown 181 innings this season. Last year, he threw 178 2/3 innings in both Triple-A Las Vegas and in the majors.
Between May 16 and Aug. 18, deGrom went 9-2 with a 1.44 ERA, however he has a 6.41 ERA in five starts since Aug. 24.
"I think rest helps his command," Collins said.
Verrett has a 1.38 ERA in two spot starts with the Mets this season.
"He's done a great job filling in and stepping in when guys need a break," deGrom said. "He's pitched really well out of the pen and when he starts."