To say that the Mets’ win over the Dodgers last night in Los Angeles was all about Noah Syndergaard would be a bit of an understatement. The 23-year-old pitched eight innings, allowed two runs, was hitting 100 miles per hour in the eighth inning, and oh, by the way, hit a pair of home runs that drove in all of the runs the Mets scored in the game.
The first of those home runs came in the top of the third. Syndergaard, who had one major league home run under his belt coming into the season, took Kenta Maeda over the right field wall with a 407-foot home run. That gave the Mets a 1-0 lead, and that alone would have made for a story, as Mets pitchers have raked since Bartolo Colon hit his first ever home run on Saturday night in San Diego.
But Syndergaard wasn’t done for the day. After allowing solo home runs to Corey Seager in the third and Yasmani Grandal in the fourth, which turned a 1-0 lead into a 2-1 deficit, Syndergaard came to the plate with two runners on base in the fifth. He beat Maeda again, this time hitting the ball 400 feet, just enough to clear Dodger Stadium’s center field fence and escape the reach of center fielder Joc Pederson.
On the mound, Syndergaard wasn't in his best strikeout form, but he struck out six, walked one, and needed just 95 pitches to complete eight innings. Terry Collins opted to use Jeurys Familia for the ninth, and he allowed the Dodgers to score once but didn't allow them to score again after that, and the Mets' lead and ownership of first place in the National League remained intact.
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Big winners: Noah Syndergaard, +36.2% WPA hitting, +18.7% WPA pitching,+54.9% WPA overall
Big losers: Curtis Granderson, -10.7% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Noah Syndergaard hits a three-run home run in the fifth, +29.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Yasmani Grandal hits a go-ahead solo home run in the fourth, -14.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +26.3% WPA
Total batter WPA: +23.7% WPA
GWRBI!: Noah Syndergaard