The Mets’ (24-19) Noah Sydnergaard got off to a quick start on the mound but the offense couldn’t muster a single inkling of a threat against Gerrit Cole and the Pirates (19-22), until the 9th inning, as they lost by a final score of 4-1. The first of the potentially great back-to-back pitchers duels went to Cole. Hopefully Harvey can even things out tomorrow afternoon. The Mets were running and hitting into outs all night, which made Cole’s outing quite easy and efficient en route to his victory
Gerrit Cole (6-2, 2.05) is hopefully what Syndergaard can become in the very near future. He was hitting 99 on the radar gun in the 9th inning as he cruised to his complete game victory. He mixed in his off-speed pitch but relied on his fastball and his location with that fastball all evening as he completely manhandled the Mets batters. In total, Cole lasted 8.1 and struck out 10 while walking just 1 Met.
Noah Syndergaard (1-2, 3.63) did not pitch poorly whatsoever, but was hurt by some lackluster defense and yet another no show on offense. Thor certainly came out of the gate strong, striking out the first four batters in succession, but was put into some hot water when a ball, that should have been ruled an error, was mishandled at first by Duda and eventually led to two early runs crossing home. Noah didn’t help his own cause when he attempted a pickoff throw later in the game, and threw wildly to first allowing Kang reach second, then falling asleep on the bump as he stole third, and eventually scored on a shallow fly ball to Cuddyer in left field. Overall, Syndergaard pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) while walking none and striking out 5. While not dominant, he showed enough yet again to let management know this is where he belongs, as opposed to a trip back to Vegas.
The Mets offense really hurt themselves this evening with running and hitting into outs. The Mets seemed to be getting guys on base but could not muster any form of a threat against Cole and the Pirates thanks to two runners caught stealing early in the game and three double plays turned against them. The three double plays are nothing new for the Mets this season as coming in they were fourth worst in the league for the amount of double plays they have hit into, and they certainly didn’t help that any tonight.