Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets last night and clearly did not have his best stuff for the majority of the night as he allowed 12 hits and walked five (four unintentionally).
However, the 26-year-old right-hander battled through his command issues to help get his 11th victory of the season.
Syndergaard ran into some trouble in the second inning, though, as after recording the first two outs, Syndergaard allowed a single to Cesar Hernandez who proceeded to steal second base in the next at-bat. That prompted him to decide to intentionally walk Odubel Herrera to face the opposing pitcher, Robbie Eflin, who he struck out to escape the jam.
After the Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the second, Syndergaard took the mound for the third. He ran into some more trouble as after getting a double play off of a Justin Bour groundout to Amed Rosario, the right-hander proceeded to allow a double to Wilson Ramos and walked both Rhys Hoskins and Asdrubal Cabrera to load the bases. However, he was able to escape the jam without any damage as he got Nick Williams to fly out to right field.
The Mets extended their lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the third inning, which gave Syndergaard even bigger breathing room. After allowing a leadoff single to Hernandez, Syndergaard got a gift as he allowed a line drive off the bat of Herrera that was caught by Jay Bruce, who tagged out Hernandez before he could get back to the bag for a double play. J.P. Crawford then simply flew out to left field to end the inning.
The fifth inning proved to be by far Syndergaard’s best of the night as he induced three straight groundouts to record his first 1-2-3 inning of the game.
However, the sixth inning wasn’t nearly as kind to him as he allowed a solo home run to Hoskins on a 0-2, 98 MPH fastball that bled over the middle of the plate. Things got worse from there as he allowed a double to Cabrera who scored two batters later on an RBI single from Hernandez. After walking Hererra for the second time in the game, Syndergaard got a pitcher’s best friend, a double play, to escape the jam.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Mets gave Syndergaard an even larger cushion, scoring two more runs to extend their lead to 9-2. Syndergaard gave some of that back, though, as he allowed three consecutive singles to Santana, Bour, and Ramos which allowed one run to score. After striking out Hoskins, Syndergaard allowed a single to Cabrera that loaded the bases.
After recording a pop out from Williams, Syndergaard got hit in the rib cage on a line drive from Hernandez which allowed another run to score and also proved to be the reason the Mets’ starter would have to exit the game. As we all heard last night, though, his X-rays came up negative and he is simply day-to-day at the moment.
Syndergaard laughed off the injury, though, despite admitting that a comebacker with that type of velocity was scary to see come back at him.
“It’s a scary situation. That’s been my nightmare ever since I started playing. Today was just my judgment day of having a screamer come back at me. Everyone’s asking if I’m OK. I’m just concerned if the ball is all right.”
All in all, Syndergaard finished the day with a line that reads as follows: 6 2/3 innings pitched, four runs, 12 hits, five walks (one intentional), and four strikeouts.
Syndergaard is now 11-3 with a 3.44 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 132 strikeouts in 21 starts (128 1/3 innings pitched) on the year.