Power on the mound, power at the plate
Noah Syndergaard was known as a fireballer. He was the first starting pitcher at least that I ever saw throw 100 mph fastballs consistently. He was a force of nature on the mound and just gave me the impression that he was there to dominate with power.
He has power on the mound, but he also has power at the plate. In his career, Syndergaard has not been a very good hitter as he’s slashed .153/.206/.266 for his career, but, he does have six home runs.
Just days after Bartolo Colon shocked the baseball world with his first career home run, Syndergaard topped it. He hit two home runs in Los Angeles.
On this May night in Los Angeles Syndergaard was facing Kenta Maeda who is no slouch on the mound. In his first at-bat Syndergaard homered on the first pitch he saw from Maeda to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
In his second at-bat, Syndergaard was up with runners on first and second with nobody out. Usually, pitchers are asked to bunt in this spot. Syndergaard did square to bunt for the first four pitches and winded up in a 2-2 count. Instead of bunting with two strikes, Syndergaard swung away and launched a three-run homer into left-center field at Dodger Stadium.
This was a very impressive shot as the ball usually does not travel well at Dodger Stadium at night and Syndergaard who is a left-handed hitter, hit that the opposite way 400 feet away.
His second home run of the night gave the Mets a 4-2 lead. They would go on to win it 4-3 and Syndergaard threw eight innings allowing just two runs against a high-powered Dodgers offense.
He singlehandedly won this game against one of the better teams in baseball showing the world just how good he actually is.
With his two-home run game, he became the second Met pitcher to hit two home runs in a game, joining Walt Terrell who did it back in 1983.