Mets’ right-hander Dillon Gee is on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury.
Syndergaard’s first start is scheduled to be Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
At just 22-years-old, he’s currently one of the top prospects in all of Major League Baseball with his impressive 1.82 ERA through five games.
Syndergaard has given up six runs on 20 hits and just two homeruns. His strikeout to walks ratio is an outstanding 34:8.
In his last three starts, Syndergaard has an ERA of 0.82 with 27 strikeouts and just two walks.
At 6-6 and 240-pounds his strikeouts come from his dominant fastball that ranges in the high 90s and his great control.
According to the New York Times, Syndergaard got the call up over other pitchers, such as Steven Matz, due to more experience down in Triple-A.
The Mets also started Syndergaard’s season in the minors, which gives the squad control over the young arm through 2021.
This probably won’t be an opportunity for Syndergaard to take Gee’s spot, especially with so much depth in the starting rotation. But it could be a chance for the Mets to showcase what they have in their farm system.
Since Syndergaard is yet to surpass 133 innings in the majors, the Mets will most likely be looking to limit his innings.
Gee has been pitching great baseball of late with a 3.86 ERA. He hasn’t given up more than two runs in his last three outings.
Most likely once Gee returns from his not-so-serious groin injury he will start where he left off in the fifth spot of the starting rotation.
At 29-years-old, Gee has five years of experience, which seems to be an important factor in decision-making for the Mets this season.
If Syndergaard does continue to impress the Mets in his transition from the minors to the majors it could lead to future opportunities when injuries arise or even trade offers.
The Mets have so much talent in the starting rotation they don’t need an inexperienced pitcher like Syndergaard as much as other teams might when trade deadline rolls around.
Syndergaard’s first start in the majors has been long anticipated. It could be reassuring for the future of the Mets if he can continue producing at the professional level like he has been in Las Vegas.