The Mets (29-24) were dropped by the Padres (26-28) by a score of 7-2 last night as they got some revenge for their own young flame thrower from the night before, Andrew Cashner. If nothing else, the first two games of this series go to show you that no matter how hard you throw, this is the major leagues and good hitters can hit good, or even great, pitching.
Syndergaard (2-3, 3.77) followed suit from Andrew Cashner the night before in both striking out double digit batters while allowing double digit hits in just 4 innings pitched. While the strikeout numbers and lack of walks are quite impressive for Thor, he needs to figure out a way to better keep the hitters off balance. I am sure it is not easy to hit a 97-99 MPH fastball, but when its not located well, or you are unable to effectively mix in breaking pitches, you surely will have outings like last night. All that being said, striking out 10 and walking 0 over 4 innings on a night where you got smacked around still has its positives. This kid is so young and can only get better, and each outing such as last night’s just goes into the memory bank to learn and grow from.
The Mets again started the scoring early thanks to Michael Cuddyer’s RBI single in the first inning. Cuddyer has really turned it on since the latter parts of May and is finally living up to the deal he signed with the Mets coming into this season. With his three hits last night, his average is up to .271 and over his last 15 games played, he is batting .351 with 2 home runs and 10 RBI. Most impressive is those 2 home runs coming in the last 7 games where he is batting over .400.
The Mets bullpen has been very up and down this year, excluding new electric closer Jeurys Familia. Last night however, the bullpen was able to put out the fire after relieving Syndergaard, as four relief pitchers combined to throw 4 shutout innings while striking out 3, walking 2 and giving up 4 hits. They still are allowing base runners at an alarming rate, but they got the job done last night, and that is a step in the right direction.