Noah Syndergaard labored through seven innings Thursday against the Phillies, though he struck out 10 batters for the first time this season and threw a season-high 114 pitches.
Syndergaard gave up three earned runs as the Mets struggled defensively and committed three errors.
"I thought I threw pretty good. Except for that second inning [when] things got a little fluky," Syndergaard said. "You just have to have a short-term memory and forget about it and get back on the mound. ... I felt great. I thought tonight was the best my mechanics have been in a long time."
Coming off an 87-pitch outing on Saturday in Miami, Syndergaard's 114 pitches were the most by any Mets pitcher so far in a game this season.
"The fact we didn't make two plays really turned the tide of the game," Terry Collins added."The guy was still throwing 98 miles per hour in the seventh inning. He certainly had strength."
Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches in the third inning at Citi Field. Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard, 24, is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strike outs in 26 innings during four starts.
"When you see the kind of pitcher he is and to put up those kind of numbers, it's truly remarkable," Collins added. "This guy has been in the major leagues for a year and a half. He came up with the reputation certainly of having a great arm where the command needed a lot of work and he put that work in and look where he's at."
Syndergaard struck out 10 batters and got terrific results from his change up, yet he actually didn't have his best stuff Wednesday, which is amazing when you stop and think about it. I mean, he has set the bar so high that 10 strike outs, three runs allowed and keeping his team in a game is now considered a poor start.
I think because Syndergaard has had to back off his slider, due to all the finger issues he's had, he and Rene Rivera have been forced to find a balance in how they use his two-seamer, change up and straight fastball. It's still not perfect. But, when they find it, and then add his slider back in to the mix, I seriously fear for the National League.
As it is, he is able to use all three of these pitches in any count, throw them for strikes, get swings and misses and present using the exact-same delivery and arm slot each time. It's almost unfair to the batter, who's only chance is to guess right and be lucky enough to make good contact and hope the ball drops in play. Otherwise, batters are swinging two feet over the ball, fouling it back and then end up early or late on the next cut, and all while fearing Syndergaard will simply rear back and blow a 100 mph fastball by them. It's amazing and awesome to see in action.