Alcides Escobar roped a heater from Syndergaard to right center for a lead-off triple to begin Game 2 of the series, but the 23-year-old simply shook it off. He would strikeout the next three batters in Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and s Eric Hosmer to end the inning, and ultimately, the hopes for Kansas City in the game.
Syndergaard allowed only three hits while striking out nine and walking one in six innings of work in a memorizing 2016 debut.
Henderson’s appearance was special as it marked his first major league appearance in two years. The 33-year-old has been battling a shoulder injury that needed consecutive surgeries to return it to full strength. He struck out two batters and topped out at 96 mph, showcasing the attribute he can be in the questionable Mets bullpen.
Many of these bullpen queries pointed the finger at Familia and whether or not he could bounce back from his lackluster performance in the World Series. The closer quieted critics with a 1-2-3 ninth that included the strikeout of Lorenzo Cain to put a cap on the ballgame.
The overall dominance of the Mets pitching staff on Tuesday provided a glimpse of what this team is capable of accomplishing in 2016. Syndergaard proved the hype around the starting rotation is real, shutting out a high octane offense like the Royals while the bullpen did its duty in preserving the win.
deGrom will look to top Syndergaard on Friday as the Amazin’s open the doors of Citi Field for their home opener against Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.