If that's the last time Mets fans see Noah Syndergaard take the mound in a Mets uniform, he certainly gave them something to remember him by.
With the trade deadline less than 24 hours away and rumors of a possible deal swirling for days, Syndergaard went 7.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits, walking one and striking out a season-high 11 hitters. He touched 100 mph multiple times, while his breaking ball and changeup were swing-and-miss pitches, as well. The Mets went on to win the game 5-2 in 11 innings, though Syndergaard missed out on a win because of Edwin Diaz's blown save.
But the Mets' right-hander sounded very confident on Tuesday night that he'll be with the team beyond Wednesday's deadline.
"I don't think anything is going to happen … I think I'm staying put," Syndergaard said after his spectacular start. "It's always in the back of my mind. I try not to harp on things that are outside of my control."
Rumors have persisted for weeks about where Syndergaard may wind up, and he admitted after the game that after a certain point, all of the chatter gets to be a little much.
"It's getting kind of old, a little bit," Syndergaard said. "I guess it's encouraging at the same time, I guess I'm a hot commodity at some point. Now it's starting to get kind of old. "
The only run Syndergaard allowed came in the sixth, when Yolmer Sanchez scored on a fielding error by Todd Frazier.
"I think tonight was probably the top I've felt, mechanically. I just felt really good out there," Syndergaard said after the game.
"He was electric," added Mickey Callaway. "Thought he had all pitches working. To pitch that deep in the game, he did a tremendous job. That was probably the best I've seen him … He made pitches all night."