Noah Syndergaard matched his season-high with 11 strikeouts during the first complete game of his career as the Mets topped the Giants, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Syndergaard (10-3) surrendered a run on two hits and a walk while throwing 114 pitches, including a career-high 87 strikes. The previous longest outing of his career came against the Pirates on June 15, 2016 when he tossed 8 1/3 innings. Syndergaard did not allow a hit after the fourth inning and retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced. Jay Bruce's throwing error allowed Brandon Belt to reach safely with one out in the seventh.
2) Michael Conforto hit a long two-run homer in the second and Jeff McNeil provided insurance with a two-RBI single in the eighth. It was the second of two hits in the game for McNeil, who was matched in the multi-hit department by Todd Frazier. McNeil has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 starts and is batting .415 (22-for-53) with six extra-base hits, eight RBIs and eight runs scored in his previous 16 games dating to Aug. 17.
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In a season that went off the rails quite some time ago, individual performances get the obvious attention, particularly down the stretch. For Noah Syndergaard and the Mets, Sunday's outing was a welcome sight ... and probably a relief. The big right-hander has not looked like himself much at all this season -- pre-injury or post -- and led many to dissect his outings.
Most have concluded that Syndergaard has gone through some combination of bad luck, extensive time missed due to injury and a failure to adjust his pitching pattern to hitters that seem to have caught on. With all due respect to the Giants, who are a plucky bunch that future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy gets the most out of, they are not exactly teeming with offensive talent. But that still does not detract from what Syndergaard did on the mound.
He had pinpoint control and his stuff was as good as it has been all season. The stolen base was never a real issue simply because the Giants hardly had anyone on base against him. Frankly, it was the best he's looked at any point since 2016. It will be interesting to see if he builds off this over the last few weeks or if his inconsistencies return, but Sunday was something both pitcher and club could smile about for the first time in quite awhile.
News and notes...
The Mets finished 4-3 against the Giants this season and have won seven of their last eight games at AT&T Park. New York is 5-0-2 in its last seven series against San Francisco since 2015.
Syndergaard has surrendered one run and four hits over 17 innings (0.53 ERA) in two career starts at AT&T Park, winning both. His third double-digit strikeout effort of the season was his first since April 15 and the 14th of his career. He last completed eight innings on Aug. 21, 2016 ... against the Giants at AT&T Park.
The Mets have thrown two nine-inning complete games for the first time since 2013 when Matt Harvey and Jon Niese did so. Jacob deGrom tossed the club's first of the year against the Phillies on Aug. 18. New York's starting pitchers have combined for a 1.61 ERA in their last 15 starts and have allowed one earned run or fewer in six of their last seven.
Mets starters and relievers have combined for a franchise-record seven consecutive double-digit strikeout games, totaling 83 in that period.
Conforto reached the 20-home run plateau for the second consecutive year. He went deep a career-best 27 times last year before his season ended on Aug. 24 with a shoulder injury. The 25-year-old has six homers and 15 RBIs in his last 22 games.
Amed Rosario's club-leading 17th stolen base of the season was his 11th since the All-Star break, the second-highest total in the National League in that span.
The Mets (60-75) head down the California coast for a three-game series with the N.L. West-leading Dodgers (75-62) beginning Monday night at Dodger Stadium at 8 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (8-8, 1.68 ERA/2.02 FIP, 224 K's, 0.978 WHIP) takes the mound looking to establish a franchise record most consecutive starts allowing three runs or fewer. He tied the mark after he surrendered one run over eight innings against the Cubs on Tuesday. DeGrom was charged with three runs in six frames during a loss to the Dodgers on June 23 at Citi Field. The right-hander is winless (0-4) with a 3.43 ERA in seven career meetings with Los Angeles.
Alex Wood (8-6, 3.42 ERA/3.50 FIP, 122 K's, 1.170 WHIP) looks to continue a surge that includes a 2.27 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. The southpaw blanked the Rangers on four hits over seven innings in his last outing Wednesday for his 12th consecutive start allowing three or fewer runs. Wood limited the Mets to two runs in six frames at Citi Field on June 22. He is 1-3 with a 3.83 ERA in nine career matchups with New York.