After last night’s marathon, emotionally exhausting David Wright send off, today’s game was set to be a more perfunctory game between two poor teams at the end of the season.
Noah Syndergaard had other ideas.
Thor was an absolute beast today, throwing his first complete game shutout of his career, while striking out six, giving up five hits, and walking none. Only one batter in the game reached second base for the Marlins — Magneuris Sierra, who doubled in the eighth inning — and no one got to third. It was that kind of a game for Syndergaard.
Jose Reyes started the game at shortstop, got one lead-off at-bat and then, in a weird, lesser version of the David Wright send off, was out of the game and, presumably, out of the Mets’ organization.
The Mets didn’t get on the board against Marlins’ starter Sandy Alcantara until the fourth inning. Jeff McNeil singled to lead off and then, after Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce made outs, was driven home by Todd Frazier. Frazier, who tried to stretch a double into a triple, was thrown out at third to end the inning.
That would prove to be enough for the Mets, who scattered only two hits a walk after the fourth inning.
The stellar pitching performance certainly helped numb the pain of the Wright send off last night, and gave Mets fans — hopefully, along with a Cy Young Award for Jacob deGrom — some hope for 2019.
See ya in the spring, folks.
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Big winners: Noah Syndergaard, +71.9% WPA
Big losers: None
Teh aw3s0mest play:
Teh sux0rest play:
Total pitcher WPA: 71.9% WPA
Total batter WPA: -21.9% WPA
GWRBI!: Todd Frazier