Noah Syndergaard started on Sunday afternoon for the Mets and delivered a very solid performance in which he allowed three runs, seven hits, and two walks in seven innings (101 pitches) of work while striking out seven batters in the process.
The 25-year old got off to a shaky start after being given a 1-0 lead to work with. He gave it right back as Rafael Ortega hit a single down the right-field line that only remained that way because of umpire interference. Nonetheless, Ortega made up for it by stealing second base in the next at-bat. After a groundout by Miguel Rojas, Starlin Castro singled on a 0-2 slider to tie the game.
Syndergaard would then proceed to retire each of the next nine batters he faced while also getting a two-run cushion by way of a Jose Reyes two-run homer before finally allowing a single to Brian Anderson with one out in the fourth inning. Anderson would get out on the next play as Derek Dietrich would ground into a fielder’s choice. Martin Prado would single to keep things alive for the Marlins, though, and Bryan Holaday would drive Dietrich in from second to cut the Mets lead to 3-2.
The right-hander would get through the fifth inning, despite another hit and stolen base from Ortega, but would run into more trouble in the sixth inning after recording the first two outs as he would walk Prado and watch him steal second. Holaday would provide the damage again on another RBI single.
Matters would only get worse for him too as he would stand in his own way of escaping the inning after making a throwing error to first base that allowed Magneuris Sierra to reach safely.
Afterward, Syndergaard managed to gain some composure and retire three of the next four batters to finish his day strong and earn his eighth victory of the season.
Mickey Callaway spoke about Syndergaard’s inability to stop runners from stealing after the game and made it clear that the Prado one was pretty alarming to the skipper.
“The Prado one, that’s the first time he’s tried to steal in a year I think. His leg is almost broken or something.”
However, the manager believes he can identify the issue himself, saying that he thinks it largely is a timing issue for the hard-throwing right-hander.
“Needs to mix in that quicker time now and again. He’s doing a good job with his holds and his looks and picking off well. He needs to be a tad quicker to home.”
Syndergaard did not appear too concerned with it, though, citing that most of these stolen bases occurred with two outs in the inning already.
“I gave up three or four stolen bases but if they want to steal a base with two outs, so be it. I don’t really care. I have enough confidence in my pitches that I feel I can get them out.”
After this performance, he now has an 8-2 record to go along with a 3.22 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts in 16 starts (95 innings pitched) this season.