Noah Syndergaard rebounded from a string of less than stellar starts, thoroughly dominating Albuquerque on Sunday night for Triple-A Las Vegas.
In seven innings of work, Syndergaard allowed one run on six hits, walked none, and struck out eight. He threw 94 pitches, 67 of which were for strikes, lowering his ERA to 5.31 in the process.
Syndergaard came into the game off two especially shaky starts, and was a topic of conversation earlier int he week when both Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson stated that it’s not a guarantee that Syndergaard reaches the majors this season.
Syndergaard has dealt with two minor injuries in 2014 that may have impacted his performance, but he was incredible on Sunday night.
Even though he only gave up one run, Syndergaard’s performance was actually better than his line. The one run Syndergaard gave up was on a soft hit up the middle, a ground out that moved the runner over, and a flare double down the left field line.
Syndergaard worked ahead in the count consistently, flashed a fastball that sat between 96 and 98 MPH, and utilized his changeup much more than he has recently.
At times, Albuquerque’s hitters looked completely over-matched, helplessly waving at fastballs and/or making weak contact.
The Mets may be serious about Syndergaard not pitching in the majors this season, but it will be next to impossible not to promote him if he keeps pitching the way he did on Sunday night.