Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander has been one of the Mets most effective starters for the team so far this season, with a 3-1 record to go along with a 3.14 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 61 strikeouts in nine starts (51 1/3 innings pitched).
However, for much of the season, he has struggled to go deep into games, as he only had recorded an out in the seventh inning once this season (April 26 against the St. Louis Cardinals) prior to today’s game.
That changed, though, as Syndergaard delivered one of his best starts of the season as he went seven innings (102 pitches) and only allowed one run, six hits, and one walk. He also struck out seven batters in that span.
The Diamondbacks one run was scored in the second inning on an RBI groundout from Jeff Mathis.
Syndergaard thinks that the ability to mix and match with his pitches is the reason he was able to get in such a groove today.
“I was just trying to keep the hitters off balance and trying not to get too fastball happy. My curveball was really nice today and my slider was coming along nicely also and just the ability to mix in a lot of four-seam and two-seam fastballs. That was really helpful for me.”
He also was asked about his improvements in controlling the running game, with Syndergaard managing to pick off Paul Goldschmidt and only allowing Chris Owings to steal a base in the first inning.
“Yeah, I kind of shocked myself a bit just because I was continuing to throw pitches and [Jarrod] Dyson hadn’t taken off yet so I must be holding the ball well and varying my time and that’s very encouraging.”
The Mets will certainly hope he can continue to improve in holding runners, as that has been an Achilles heel for him ever since he reached the majors in 2015.