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The dominant Noah Syndergaard from 2016 had been missing for most of this season but that all changed against the Giants. Thor re-emerged and overpowered the Giants. He pitched a complete game and struck out 11. He gave up only one run while the Mets’ offense, led by Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil, did enough to get the Mets and Syndergaard the win.
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Noah Syndergaard had been disappointed in his season so far but September got off to a good start with his dominant outing against the Giants.
For better or worse Jay Bruce is the Mets’ first baseman for right now and to his credit he is seeking help to get better at the position.
T.J. Rivera was shut down for the season with a sprained elbow and will look to return from Tommy John surgery in 2019.
While Jacob deGrom’s lack of run support has been a cause for some frustration, it could also help him when it comes to the Cy Young vote (paywall alert).
Around the National League East
The Braves re-acquired Preston Tucker from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations. Atlanta once again rallied late to defeat the Pirates and take the series.
The Marlins were overwhelmed by the Blue Jays in a 6-1 loss.
After a snafu with a scouting report card, MLB admitted the umpire was wrong to confiscate it from pitcher Austin Davis. Aaron Nola was not at his best and the offense struggled for the Phillies which led to an 8-1 loss to the Cubs.
The Nationals dropped their series against the Brewers with a 9-4 loss.
Around Major League Baseball
Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone received a one-game suspension for his tirade in Friday’s game against the Tigers.
Matt Kemp burned the Diamondbacks once again this time with a walk-off hit to give the Dodgers first place in the division.
Javier Baez joined some elite company when he hit his 30th home run of the season.
The Rockies are just a half game out of first place with their win over the Padres.
Shohei Ohtani returned to the mound for the Angels but had an alarming drop in velocity towards the end of his shortened outing.
This Date in Mets History
The 1973 Mets played a doubleheader on this date against the Phillies. Jerry Koosman helped lead them to a victory in the first game but Craig Swan made his debut in the second game and struggled which led to a Mets loss.