Mets won their third straight game last night and jumped on the opportunity to take a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in their best of seven National League Championship Series. The final score was 4-1, taking two at home before their true ace Jacob deGrom even had a chance to step on the mound. The Mets will now head to Wrigley Field for Game 3, Tuesday night.
Syndergaard is just a 23 and freshly out of the minors this year he looked as solid as ever and a main reason why the Mets are favorites to reach the World Series and possibly to win it all.
Although only a short outing by Syndergaard of 5 2/3 innings he only allowed three hits and 1 run while striking out nine. He might not be viewed as the team ace but he sure looked like one last night and proved his worth to the team.
Syndergaard went against one of the best pitchers in the game this season, Jacob Arrietta and came out with a very important win. Arrietta had a season ERA of 1.77. Sunday night was a different story though. He pitched just five innings and allowed 4 runs. The Mets took an early 3-0 lead in the first and Syndergaard buried them from there and now the Mets have a demanding series lead.
“This guy is going to be an outstanding, outstanding pitcher for a long time,” manager Terry Collins said of Syndergaard. “He’s big, he’s strong. Hopefully we keep him healthy, and he has no fear. He’s not intimidated by anything. Of course when you’re that big you shouldn’t be intimidated by anything. But he’s legit.”
Syndergaard will be the key component to the Mets in the future. He hasn't even played a full season yet and he is dominating the best clubs in baseball, on the world's biggest stage.
“I feel like I battled the elements pretty well out there,” Syndergaard said. “It was a little cold, but I was able to stay loose in between innings and stay warm. I wish I would have gotten ahead of hitters a little bit more, but I was able to get out of some jams with my secondary pitches, as well.”
Terry Collins has faith in his rookie pitcher and should be afraid to use him in any big game situation.