For five innings, Noah Syndergaard matched zeroes with Jake Arrieta in his major league debut. The sixth inning was enough to separate the two.
The 22-year-old Syndergaard gave up a single, an RBI double and a two-run homer to Chris Coghlan before being pulled in the sixth and ended up with the loss as the Cubs topped the Mets 6-1.
Arrieta, coming off a couple of uncharacteristically poor showings in losses to the Brewers and Cardinals, pitched two-hit ball over seven innings before giving up a run in the eighth. He struck out 10, and he’s now 4-3 with a 3.00 ERA this season.
Syndergaard ended up striking out six and walking four (one intentionally). He was left in to face Arrieta after Coghlan’s homer and struck him out with his 104th pitch before being lifted.
Although his high-90s fastball was impressive, it wasn’t quite the dominant showing Syndergaard was regularly turning in for Triple-A Las Vegas this season. He was 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA and a 34/8 K/BB ratio in his second go at the PCL.
Syndergaard is likely to make one more start Sunday before the Mets decide how to proceed with their rotation. Dillon Gee is likely to make a quick return from the strained groin that put him on the disabled list, so the Mets could send Syndergaard right back to Triple-A next week.
Update (7:00 PM EST): Syndergaard will start Tuesday for the Mets, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Bartolo Colon will move up to pitch Sunday against the Phillies in place of Gee, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets manager Terry Collins could use a spot starter at some point in the next 20 games. That very well could mean pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard would get the call from Triple-A Las Vegas to make his major league debut.
Syndergaard, 22, has been terrific in his first five starts of the season, posting a 1.82 ERA with a 34/8 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. The right-hander, acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade, entered the season rated as the ninth-best prospect in baseball according to Baseball Prospectus.
Oh, and Syndergaard can apparently rake, too.
Mets starter Dillon Gee is currently dealing with a groin issue, per ESPN’s Adam Rubin. As a result, he is unlikely to make his next start on Sunday against the Phillies. That’s one possible opening for Syndergaard.
There’s been quite a bit of chatter among Mets fans in recent days about whether prospect Dilson Herrera would be a better option at second base than Daniel Murphy. Well, Murphy quickly changed the conversation with this go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning against the Marlins tonight:
Murphy also made an outstanding defensive play in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets went on to win 3-1. The game took just one hour and 58 minutes to complete thanks to strong pitching performances from Dillon Gee and Jarred Cosart.
The Mets improved to a major league-best 15-5 with tonight’s victory. Meanwhile, the World Series favorite Nationals fell to the Braves tonight for their sixth straight loss. They are now 7-13 on the year and eight games back in the National League East. There’s still a long way to go, but that’s pretty stunning.
Rafael Montero lost out to Dillon Gee in spring training for the fifth spot in the Mets’ starting rotation. As a result, he started off in the bullpen. The 2015 season has treated neither pitcher well, as Gee has allowed nine runs in 10 2/3 innings over two starts while Montero allowed three runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings over four relief appearances prior to a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Montero will be brought back soon, however, and it will be to start, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports. The goal is to stretch him out at Triple-A, then bring him back for a spot start on April 28 against the Marlins. That will allow Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom to get an extra day of rest. Gee, if he continues to pitch poorly, could be in danger of losing his rotation spot as well if Montero excels in his spot start.
It took until his 10th game, but Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton finally collected his first home run of the season with an opposite-field two-run shot against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee this evening. Check it out below:
Tonight’s blast had some extra meaning, as Stanton passed Dan Uggla to become the Marlins’ new all-time home run leader. He’s already at 155 career home runs. This is the 23rd season in franchise history and they haven’t had many good players stick around for long, so that explains the low number. Still, this is a damn impressive accomplishment for someone who just started his age-25 season. It’s safe to say Stanton is going to create lots of distance on that list.
By the way, you’ll notice that Stanton was wearing the protective face mask on helmet. He ditched it against against a left-hander on Tuesday night, but it looks like he’ll be using it regularly against right-handers.