Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard has made consistent headlines for his speed, with a sinker averaging upwards of 97 MPH and more 100 MPH fastballs than any other pitcher this season, the 23-year-old undoubtedly strikes fear into the heart of those who face him at the plate.
But opposing teams may have found a potential workaround to score against Syndergaard—in the form of stolen bases. During yesterday's rainy 6-1 defeat by the Giants, San Francisco's Brandon Crawford and Matt Duffy stole three bases against Syndergaard, with Duffy scoring on a Hunter Pence single in the sixth inning. The Giants' stolen bases were particularly frustrating since the team steals very few bases overall. Before yesterday, they'd stolen seven bases in total in 2016.
In his previous start, Syndergaard allowed five stolen bases in five attempts to the Cincinnati Reds, though the pitcher has told reporters he's working on addressing the issue.