New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard had an uncharacteristic start on Wednesday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies when he lasted only four innings.
Syndergaard started off strong with a 1-2-3 first inning on only 13 pitches and looked like he could dominate the Phillies lineup the rest of the day. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and his pitch count rose all the way up to 92 pitches in the fourth inning. Manager Mickey Callaway sent up a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fourth for Noah and his disappointing outing was over.
Thor ended up allowing two runs on four hits, two walks and struck out seven. He lowered his season ERA to 5.40 in only 10 innings.
Luckily for the Mets the bullpen was up for the challenge on Wednesday (and have been all season to this point) as they combined for five scoreless innings and faced the minimum.
Syndergaard was thankful after the game for the lift his teammates gave him, “I want to give a lot of kudos and a lot of thanks to my homies in the bullpen. They really held down the fort.”
Robert Gsellman was the first one out of the pen and threw two perfect innings including three strikeouts as he continues to thrive in the bullpen.
Then the big surprise of the day was Hansel Robles pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning with two strikeouts in his 2018 debut. He was recalled recently when Anthony Swarzak was placed on the disabled list.
A.J. Ramos pitched a perfect eighth inning to keep the Mets lead at 4-2 and give Jeurys Familia a chance to get his third save of the season. Familia allowed the first guy on with a single but then got a double play ball and a strikeout to end the game.
The Mets bullpen now holds a 1.33 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 20.1 innings to begin the 2018 season.
Syndergaard knows that he needs to work on a few things before his next start, “It was just kind of a weird outing. I felt good overall. I only threw two curveballs, but they [expletive]. So I’m going to work on this next rotation getting more comfortable with that curveball. I felt my sinker was moving great. Slider was really good, they really laid off some pretty good pitches.”