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New York Mets: Not your ordinary first-half award winners

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 08: Pete Alonso of the New York Mets celebrates winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 08: Pete Alonso of the New York Mets celebrates winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 04: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field on June 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Capitol Punisher

Even without Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals have proven they are a team that can compete in 2019. As Washington finishes the first half in 2nd place in the NL East, one Mets pitcher has been dominant against them in 2019. Noah Syndergaard wins the award for Capitol Punisher.

Syndergaard has had an up and down 2019, to say the least. But it seems like he is on a better track now than when he started the season and he has been extremely tough on Washington.

In 2019 Washington has only been able to have a batting average of .179 against Syndergaard and are not getting on base as often with an OBP of .233.

Met fans know that Syndergaard has plenty of trouble of controlling the run game when runners are on base so keeping that OBP low has led to lots of success for him. He’s only allowed 1 Washington player to steal a base all year.

Syndergaard has allowed 3 home runs against Washinton all season but all 3 of those home runs belong to outfielder Victor Robles. Other than Robles, Washington just can’t seem to figure Thor out, as they have struck out 19 times against him in 67 at-bats.

Syndergaard still has plenty of work to do when it comes to turning 2019 around. But everyone appreciates when you can step up against a team that you have to beat in order to achieve your goal to reach October baseball.

Let’s just say Washington may have liked the Endgame version of Thor better than the Flushing version.

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