The Mets skipped Noah Syndergaard‘s last turn through the starting rotation, and that will be the only time they’ll do it through the end of the season, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports. Going forward, they’ll pitch the right-hander once every six games.
Their initial plan was to alternate skipping Syndergaard and Matt Harvey‘s starts. Syndergaard, in his rookie season, has a 3.31 ERA with a 129/29 K/BB ratio over 122 1/3 innings spanning 122 1/3 innings. He also threw 29 2/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets’ handling of their young starters has been a subject of controversy lately, as Harvey and the Mets disagreed on a 180-innings limit and there was concern he wouldn’t be available in the post-season.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.