The Mets announced this afternoon that right-handed flamethrower Noah Syndergaard was diagnosed with merely a low-grade hamstring strain after getting an MRI. He had left the Mets’ game on Saturday night against the Cardinals after six innings because of the injury.
While his numbers on the season aren’t great, Syndergaard has been much better since the beginning of May. In nine starts over that span, he has a 3.54 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 13 walks in 61.0 innings. That’s still not exactly his best work, but after ending the month of April with a 6.35 ERA, he’s definitely been moving in the right direction over the past month-and-a-half. And that’s not shocking.
In total, Syndergaard has a 4.55 ERA and 3.62 FIP in 95.0 innings of work this year. If the Mets’ diagnosis is correct, it would be significant good news for a team that quite simply cannot afford to lose any of its best starting pitchers for a prolonged period of time.