The Mets (22-16) won their second straight game versus the Brewers (13-25), putting that five game skid further in the rear-view. The tone was set early as Syndergaard made his Citi Field debut in front of the Mets faithful, not allowing a hit until the 4th inning. Granderson ignited the offense with a monster of a leadoff home run to the second deck of the Pepsi Porch in the bottom of the 1st inning.
Grandson’s leadoff home run was a tone setter. It was a no doubter to the top of the Pepsi Porch and was huge for Syndergaard making his Mets Citi Field debut. With that leadoff home run, Granderson now has 30 in his career, and is tied for the fourth most leadoff home runs with Rafael Furcal. Granderson is now batting .248 on the season with 5 home runs, 13 RBI’s and 23 walks. Since the calendar turned to May, Granderson is batting a cool .283.
Noah Syndergaard (1-1) won his Citi Field debut in dominant fashion. He regularly featured a 95-97 MPH fastball. He took advantage of an aggressive Brewers lineup, scattering just 3 hits while allowing only 1 earned run. He struck out five, while only walking one and hitting a batter. It was scary as he came up and in to Carlos Gomez, who couldn’t get out of the way of the 97 MPH heat and took it right off of his ear flap. He was able to walk off on his own accord and it would later be announced that he only suffered a facial contusion and no concussion. During the break when Gomez was getting examined, Syndergaard looked visibly shaken, and after a visit from Collins to check in on Thor, he was able to settle down and get through the 6th, leaving in line for the win.
The Mets have now gone from scoring 10 runs over five games to scoring 19 in their last two, to go along with 25 hits. Their bats are heating up at just the right time as they welcome in the NL’s best, St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals don’t have a great pitching staff or a great lineup, but they have depth and consistency and will be a tough challenge for the Mets as they look to carry over this momentum and continue to cling on to first place in the NL East.