Thor and the Mets swept the Phillies at Citi Field this afternoon 7-0. Noah Syndergaard made a statement today both at the plate and on the mound. He made it known he is here to stay and there is no Gee, Montero, or Niese that will be supplanting him from this Mets rotation. He also proved that he is a better option with a bat than half the lineup and anyone on the bench. It also helped that the Mets put on a power display which provided him and the Mets with more than enough support to pick up his second win on the season.
Thor (2-2, 2.55) certainly dropped the hammer on the Phillies this afternoon by dominating them over 7.1 innings. He allowed 6 hits, walked no one and struck out 6 batters. Despite facing an underwhelming Phillies lineup, he proved he is the real deal and should be a mainstay in the Mets rotation for years to come. He featured his sinker this afternoon, which has been a work in progress with Warthen, throwing 55 after only 48 during his other starts combined.
On top of Noah’s dominant performance on the bump, he brought the lumper as well this afternoon. He went a perfect 3 for 3 at the dish with his first major league home run, a monster shot, measuring an estimated 430 feet. Turns out, that is the longest home run by a pitcher since 2012 (Carlos Zambrano). He was also the first pitcher with 3 hits and a homer since 2006.
With this afternoon’s sweep, the Mets now have 5 home sweeps this year, compared to the four series sweeps at Citi Field combined in 2013 and 2014. They are now 20-6 at home and have clearly made making Citi Field their strength a priority this season. Remember when the Phillies owned the Mets? Yeah, I don’t either!!!