Noah Syndergaard pitched the first shutout of his career and the Mets ended their season with a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Syndergaard (13-4) allowed five hits and struck out six while tossing 101 pitches, including 78 for strikes to give the Mets consecutive 1-0 wins for the first time since 1969. He finished the year by going 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA with two complete games this month. The right-hander went 11-3 over his final 17 starts and finished 2018 with a 3.03 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 155 strikeouts in 154 1/3 innings. Mets pitching held the Marlins scoreless over the final 24 innings of the series.
2) Todd Frazier's RBI double in the fourth scored Jeff McNeil with the game's only run. McNeil had two of New York's four hits and ended the year hitting .329 with 20 extra-base hits, 34 runs scored and 19 RBIs in 63 games.
3) Jose Reyes started at shortstop and batted leadoff for the second consecutive day. He grounded out to second base and took a curtain call after he was removed in what is expected to be the final game of his Mets career.
News and notes...
The Mets closed the year 33-22 (.600) in their last 55 games. Their 45-37 (.549) record since July 1 was the best in the N.L. East, 1 1/2 games better than the Braves. They went 12-3-2 in their last 17 series. New York finished 18-10 in September for its first winning month since April. The 18 wins were the most by a Mets team in September since the 1988 club went 20-6.
The Mets won 13 of 20 games against the Marlins this year, including seven of 10 at Citi Field.
Syndergaard improved to 6-0 with a 1.64 ERA in eight career starts against the Marlins and won his seventh consecutive decision at Citi Field. He finished 8-1 with a 2.87 ERA in 13 starts at home this season.
New York's rotation went 11-4 a Major League-best 2.36 ERA in September while notching their 14th shutout of the season. The starting pitchers racked up 932 strikeouts, two shy of the club record set by the 1990 squad. Their 9.17 K/9 ratio is the best in franchise history, obliterating the previous mark of 8.13 set last season.
New York's bullpen posted a franchise-worst 4.96 ERA in 2018. The previous mark was set last year when the relievers had a 4.82 mark.
The Mets (77-85) improved seven games from last year's 70-win season, but still finished fourth place in the National League East, 13 games behind the Braves. It is the eighth time in 10 years New York has suffered through a losing season.