In what may have been his final Triple-A start, Noah Syndergaard turned in a dominant performance for Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday night.
Syndergaard’s final line was impressive, but doesn’t come close to doing his performance justice.
Overall, Syndergaard allowed one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched. He walked one, hit a batter, and struck out nine. Syndergaard threw 110 pitches (80 for strikes).
Digging deeper into Syndergaard’s line, it should be pointed out that the only run that came across against him came one batter after Anthony Seratelli was unable to catch a rather routine fly ball in center field.
If you forget the terrific line and focus simply on how Syndergaard looked, you’d realize you were watching a special pitcher who is clearly ready to take the next step.
Throughout his start, Syndergaard worked ahead in the count to pretty much every batter, worked quickly, mixed in all of his pitches, and held his velocity right up to his last batter.
Using a fastball that was reaching 99 MPH and his devastating curve, Syndergaaard struck out the side in the sixth inning. He was still sitting at 99 MPH in the seventh, but was removed after hitting a batter with two outs and a runner on second.
Syndergaard appeared angry with the fact that he wasn’t allowed to finish the seventh. Not angry at anyone in particular, just the circumstance. Frankly, that’s a great thing to see.
Syndergaard was ready before Wednesday night’s start, and all he did over his 6 2/3 innings of dominance was hammer that fact home.
The Mets are reportedly still debating whether or not to call Syndergaard up, but the decision isn’t a tough one. Syndergaard likely has three starts left in 2014, and they should be with the Mets.