Noah Syndergaard took the mound in the first of two New York Mets Grapefruit League games today against the Houston Astros and turned in 4.2 innings of two run ball and struck out five.
Carlos Correa led off the second with a line-drive single to center. Syndergaard then walked Houston’s designated-hitter, Evan Gattis, before striking out A.J. Reed. J.D. Davis singled on a soft grounder to third, loading the bases with one out. Syndergaard then struck out Tim Federowicz and Jake Marisnick to end the threat.
Thor began his third inning of work by again allowing a leadoff-baserunner, walking Springer. He induced a groundball from Reddick moving Springer over and then walked Altuve to put two runners on with no outs, yet again.
Syndergaard did not make it out of this jam unscathed, though. Gattis singled to the left side of the infield, scoring Springer and Altuve. Gattis was thrown out at first after getting caught too far off the base while contemplating whether or not to advance, and then Noah struck out Reed to end the inning.
J.D. Davis led off with a single in the fourth but Syndergaard induced a 5-4-3 double play to erase the runner. After Marisnick reached on a throwing error by Luis Guillorme, Springer grounded out to close out the inning.
Mets’ manager Mickey Callaway decided to stretch Syndergaard out a bit today, letting him start the fifth, retiring Reddick and Altuve in order before Callaway went to Robert Gsellman to finish the inning.
Syndergaard finished the day with a line of 4.2 innings pitched, one earned run, four hits, with five strikeouts, and three walks, bringing his Grapefruit League ERA to 1.38.