If you recall, Ron Darling actually picked deGrom to win the NL Cy Young around this time last year. His picks are in for this year, and according to Darling, we should look no further than the Mets-Astros game yesterday. Noah Syndergaard dueled with Gerrit Cole, who Darling expects to win their respective Cy Young’s.
After struggling in his last start against Miami, Syndergaard was lights-out against the Astros. While facing a lineup laden with projected starters, Syndergaard only allowed 2 hits and added 3 perfect innings to his name. All in all, he pitched 5.2 innings before he hit his pitch limit. Perhaps the most impressive part of this start was his ability to stay under his pitch limit, as he was pulled far too early because of his pitch count last year on multiple occasions. Syndergaard added 2 walks and 5 strikeouts, the last one coming against Alex Bregman to end his day on the mound.
Purely looking at Syndergaard’s stuff, he is an easy Cy Young favorite. Now, he has major-league experience and a catcher proficient in holding base runners. As with all Met pitchers, if he can stay healthy, he should have an amazing season.
The Mets would win the game 2-1 powered by a Robinson Cano 2-run shot in the fourth inning. Ramos, Rosario, McNeil, and Hechavarria also added hits on the day. However, the Mets could not have won without a strong outing from their ‘pen. Seth Lugo (2 IP) and Luis Avilan (1 IP) answered the call with scoreless innings of work.
Today, Zach Wheeler will look to build off of his dominating start against Boston when he faces Michael Wacha and the Cardinals today at 1:05!