“He’s going to start the game, whatever game it may be. I’m very impressed," Collins added. "This kid has really gotten better. I hope he learned a lot from tonight because he did an outstanding job against a good lineup.”
Syndergaard ended the night giving up two runs on five hits while striking out 11 in 7.2 innings of work.
“Tonight was the best one he’s had,”Collins said. “They have four All-Stars in the middle of the lineup. To go out and go through them like he did is pretty impressive.”
Starting 23 games this season, Syndergaard has picked up a 9-7 record. He's struck out 156 batters in a total 143 innings pitched while giving up 59 runs on 124 hits.
“I feel like probably the best I’ve ever felt goes back to the Atlanta start, but I felt pretty amazing tonight,” Syndergaard admitted. “I was able to locate my fastball to both sides of the plate. Travis [d’Arnaud] and I had a perfect game plan going. I was able to throw my off-speed pitches for strikes and get some swings and misses on it, and I had a really good feel for my changeup tonight.”