The Mets are on a roll and the team's pitching staff is a big reason why.
Major League Baseball recognized this on Monday, tabbing RHP Noah Syndergaard as the National League Player of the Week and honoring a defensive effort by RHP Marcus Stroman as the Play of the Week.
Syndergaard had two starts last week for the Mets and pitched 14.1 total innings. In those outings combined, Syndergaard allowed only one earned run and two walks while striking out 14 batters. At the plate himself, Syndergaard helped his own efforts with two hits.
Overall, the Mets' starting pitchers have posted an 8-2 overall record, 2.10 ERA and 102 strikeouts in their last 15 combined outings. That ERA is the second-lowest in the majors and best in the NL in that time frame.
Stroman earned his honor for an outstanding defensive effort in his first-career start with the Mets since being dealt to the team from the Blue Jays at the recent trade deadline.
Stroman didn't get the win in the start, but the highlight-reel play came when Pirates batter Kevin Newman hit a soft grounder to Stroman's right with the bases loaded in the first inning. Stroman hopped off the mound and made a barehanded grab and threw the ball to home plate, recording the inning's second out. Stroman allowed two runs up to that point in the frame and avoided further damage in the inning as he got the next out to stop the bleeding.
"He didn't have his great stuff. I'm sure the energy was off the charts, new team, New York, his hometown, pitching for the first time, and he battled." https://t.co/z0LoYMWpjg pic.twitter.com/6DtHo5do6K- SNY (@SNYtv) August 4, 2019
Stroman went 4.1 innings on the mound for the Mets in his debut, a game New York went on to win 7-5.
Syndergaard won the NL Player of the Week Award once already this season during the Mets' 1-0 win over the Reds on May 2 when he recorded the win and scored the lone run with a solo homer.