Noah Syndergaard was dominating the Braves today, allowing no runs on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. That actually sounds less impressive than it looked while watching it, as Syndergaard was hitting triple digits with his fastball while throwing a nasty slider that, at 92-93, was FASTER than most guys’ fastballs. The Braves got a couple of knocks, but never truly threatened him.
He was done after six, however, having thrown only 86 pitches, due to a blister on the tip of his middle finger. It’s likely not major and he likely would’ve only pitched one more inning at the most anyway, but you take your ace out in such a situation. It’s a long season.
Braves starter Julio Teheran wasn’t as sexy as Syndergaard today, but he’s been just as effective, tossing six shutout innings of his own. He’s walked three and struck out six while allowing only four hits.
We’re heading into the bottom of the seventh in New York, tied at zero.
Baseball is back, you guys.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.
Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.
In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).
Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame.
Aroldis Chapman held the record previously, recording a strikeout in his first 37 appearances of the season in 2014 with the Reds.
Knebel, 25, has flown under the radar despite having an incredibly good season. He moved into the closer’s role in mid-May when Neftali Feliz, now a free agent, struggled. After Thursday’s appearance, Knebel is 12-for-15 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA and a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.