It was a somber day for this Mets team as they were advised that their captain, David Wright would be out for an extended period of time due to injury. The team was in need of a boost. Noah Syndergaard was there to help provide it.
In another quality start for the flame throwing Syndergaard, he pitched to seven strong innings. He allowed just two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out nine. He picked up the win, improving his record to 6-2 on the year. His ERA had risen just a tad after yesterday’s start to 1.91. That ERA though is good enough for third best in the majors behind Clayton Kershaw and Jake Arrieta.
“I didn’t have a great feel for my changeup,” Syndergaard said. “My curveball was not very good. My slider was decent. I really had to battle out there.” (ESPN)
Syndergaard could be seen sweating through his jersey on the mound in what was a sweltering night in Miami. At points of the game he seemed quite frustrated and not his normal calm self. Syndergaard’s scoreless innings steak was snapped at 22.1 innings when Marcell Ozuna took him deep in the second inning.
Ozuna struck again in the sixth, with a sac-fly that tied the game at two. Syndergaard’s teammates though picked him up right away, as new Met James Loney hit the go-ahead two-run bomb in the top of the seventh that would put the team ahead for good.
“It’s huge, especially with the unfortunate news about David today,” Syndergaard said. “That’s the thing about us — we have the ability to pick one another up. It’s a great thing to be a part of. I feel like we’re really going to take off from here.”
Syndergaard continues to put forth stop-gap performances as his team had lost four of their last five prior to last night’s win. He continues to show the makings of an ace that can lead this pitching staff, even at the young age of 23.