Noah Syndergaard will throw off a mound on Tuesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list. Syndergaard, who has not pitched since April 30th after suffering torn lat muscle, worked out at Yankee Stadium today and is slowly working his way toward a rehab stint.
Syndergaard’s April injury was emblematic of what has become a problematic year for Mets starting pitching. The Mets have used twelve different starting pitchers, six of whom are currently on the disabled list. Nine of those pitchers have ERAs above 5.00, and the tenth, Seth Lugo, barely comes in below that threshold at 4.85. Besides Jacob deGrom, who has remained largely healthy, Mets starters have a win-loss record of 23-41.
While he may be better known this season for his Game of Thrones cameo appearance than his pitching, Syndergaard looked strong in his brief April stint. In five starts, he had a 3.29 ERA while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. Furthermore, he issued only two walks, one of them intentional, in his 27.1 innings pitched, and did not allow a single home run.