Starting pitching was a major weakness for the New York Mets in April. Noah Syndergaard struggled throughout, however, a shutout to begin May could be the turning point for him and the rest of the team.
On Thursday, May 2, New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard had one of the best starts in his career. Thor tossed a complete game, four-hit shutout, walking one and striking out 10. The Mets won 1-0, his solo shot was the lone run in the Amazins 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Syndergaard needs to capitalize off his last gem and use it as a a turning point in the early season.
Syndergaard has a 2-3 record and an ERA of 5.02 so far in 2019. His first 6 starts were a little concerning. He was not pitching at the tier he has in the past. Before Thursday, he only went five innings in each of his past three starts, allowing at least five runs each time. Also, he was very wild. In those three starts, he walked eight batters.
There were many early season speculations about Syndergaard’s poor performance, as well as the rest of the team’s rotation. deGrom has not been pitching like himself lately and has had elbow issues, Wheeler has been struggling early, and Jason Vargas is a mess of his own.
However, against the Reds, Syndergaard returned to his lights-out domination. He dropped his ERA from a 6.45 to a 5.02. He needs to capitalize. Yes, he can be satisfied with his success now, but needs to continue playing at this level.
The Mets need Syndergaard to become the workhorse that he flashed sights of in his last start. He has the ability to be a Cy Young candidate and needs to keep playing at this level if he wants to be on ballots come October.
The Mets’ postseason hopes are directly related Syndergaard pitching at this level. They need him to pitch like one of the most dominant forces in, not just the National League, but baseball.
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This needs to be a momentum win for the Mets. They need to fuel their series against the Milwaukee Brewers with the urge to create a winning streak and propel their season. This needs to be a turning point for, not just the Mets’ rotation, but the whole team.