Wow, what an epic evening for the New York Mets organization as whole last night. If like me, you’re a believer that the road to a championship is paved with elite pitching, Saturday night gave us a glimpse of the greatness that lies ahead for the Mets as their top three pitching prospects were on full display for all to see and none of them disappointed. On the contrary, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard exceeded all expectations and delivered scintillating performances that excited the senses and fed the growing hope that the Mets are heading toward a brighter future.
Lets quickly summarize their three performances last night:
- Noah Syndergaard: For the second straight start, he permitted just two hits and a walk through five innings and allowed no earned runs. His final line was: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 5 K, 56 Pitches. In his last 16 innings pitched spanning three starts, Syndergaard (THOR) has allowed just one run on five hits while striking out 16.
- Rafael Montero: In his fourth consecutive start of pitching six innings or more, Montero allowed just run on two hits and two walks while racking up nine strikeouts in seven innings pitched for the Las Vegas 51s. In his last four starts pitching in the notorious Pacific Coast League, the young righty has a 2.33 ERA with 21 strikeouts and eight walks in 27 innings pitched. Since being promoted to Triple-A, Montero has a 3.60 ERA in 12 starts. Hitter’s league? What hitter’s league? As I always say, Command and Control id greater than Velocity and Stuff.
- Zack Wheeler – The Mets’ top pitching prospect heading into 2013 did something he has not done in his first nine starts – he did not walk a batter for the first time in his big-league career. Wheeler allowed just one run on six hits in 6.1 innings pitched and struck out four. Unlike his last two starts, his velocity did not diminish late in the game and he was still lighting up the radar in the mid-nineties.
What a night, huh? Combined, the three of them tossed 18.1 innings and allowed just two earned runs on ten hits with 18 punch-outs.
But as I said in my opening paragraph, last night was epic. There’s even more…
John Gant: In his best start of the season, Gant did not allow a hit through 5.1 innings as he dominated last night for the Brooklyn Cyclones. His no-hit bid and shutout was broken up in the sixth inning, but he finished the night with 6.0 innings pitched, allowing just one run on two hits, and striking out seven.
Seth Lugo: Meanwhile in Savannah, Seth Lugo was stellar, pitching seven shutout innings and walking none. He allowed four hits and struck out a career-high 11 batters. Since his promotion to Single-A Savannah, Lugo has pitched in two games for a total of 13 innings — with 21 strikeouts.
Wow, what a night for Mets pitching… It kind of gives me goosebumps…