Monday night against Tacoma, Noah Syndergaard made his seventh start of the year for Triple-A Las Vegas, and was dominant at times during his 5.2 innings of work.
Mar 3, 2014; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New Yorks Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (55) warms up before the spring training exhibition game against the Atlanta Bravesat Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
In those 5.2 innings, Syndergaard allowed one run on seven hits (all singles), walked three, and struck out a season high eight batters. Syndergaard threw 95 pitches (61 for strikes), while lowering his ERA to 3.58.
Syndergaard finished the fifth inning at 86 pitches, but went back out for the sixth and struck out the first two batters he faced while mixing in his blazing fastball, 12 to 6 curveball, and a workable changeup.
After Syndergaard allowed a soft single to right field with two outs in the sixth, he was removed by Las Vegas manager Wally Backman.
Of the seven hits Syndergaard gave up, most were of the soft variety.
The only Tacoma hitter who made hard contact off Syndergaard was Nick Franklin, who delivered two hard hit singles – one up the middle and another off the wall in right field.
Noah Syndergaard was in complete control Monday night.
He worked quickly, mixed his pitches well, and held his velocity to the end of his outing (which he usually does).
Syndergaard is major league ready, but his debut with the Mets will most likely wait until the Super-Two date passes in roughly five weeks.