Noah Syndergaard was back on the mound Thursday night, as the Las Vegas 51’s faced the Sacramento River Cats in Pacific Coast League action. Syndergaard recorded a win his last time out, despite giving up five runs in the effort. It was his sixth win of the season and hist first since returning from the disabled list, and was looking to build on it as his pursuit to the major leagues continue.
Things didn’t quite work out the way he had planned.
Syndergaard lasted just four innings on Thursday. Things started out well for the big man, but quickly fell apart after he got himself into a little bit of trouble in the third inning. He was cruising right along setting down the first seven River Cats in order. His no-hit bid was broken up when Colin Walsh singled into left for the first Sacramento hit of the game and it was all downhill from there.
The River Cats tagged Syndergaard for four runs in the inning on a walk and four hits. He would come out after completing the fourth inning, with the 51’s trailing 5-0.
Syndergaard has had a rough go of things since his return from the disabled list. His pitching line is his last three starts looks like this:
14.2 IP, 18 H, 14 R, 14 ER, 4 BB, 14 K
After success in Double-A in 2013, it appeared as though he was on the fast-track to the major leagues. His recent run of struggles is concerning, and I don’t see the Mets rushing through development with this one. There is still a chance he makes his debut this season, but at this time it doesn’t seem as likely as it did once New York broke camp this spring.
Syndergaard’s next start could possibly be July 1st against Salt Lake.