As time has gone by, all of us have been guilty of putting too much pressure on a prospect to succeed. There have been high hopes surrounding Noah Syndergaard ever since the Mets acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays, and we are all excited to see what he can bring to Queens when the time comes. Well it may not be as soon as we hoped as Syndergaard could benefit from more time in Triple-A.
Saturday night against the El Paso Chihuahuas, Syndergaard or “Thor” as he is more affectionately known around Mets world lasted just four innings in his shortest outing of the season. The Chihuahuas would nip at Syndergaard and tag him for six runs (four earned) on six hits while walking three. The three walks allowed was the most so far this season, while his three strikeouts were the second fewest.
The game started out poorly as Syndergaard walked Rico Noel right out of the gate. Noel would swipe his third base of the season putting him immediately in scoring position. It would take long for the Chihuahuas to get on the board. Reymond Fuentes would single home Noel before stealing a base of his own and scoring on a fielding error by Daniel Muno. El Paso would get one more run in the first inning when Syndergaard would throw a wild pitch allowing Cameron Maybin to score.
Noah would settle down in the second inning as he just faced four batters. It appeared as if the bleeding was going to stop. Cody Decker thought differently in the third inning as he would send a Syndergaard pitch over the left field fence for a three-run home run. Syndergaard would come back out for the fourth inning and would make quick work of the Chihuahuas setting them down in order.
After battling through 86 pitches, Syndergaard’s final line of the night was: 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. This is one of those starts to forget and go out and get them next time which could potentially be on Thursday against Tacoma.
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