In some ways, Noah Syndergaard's 2019 season has mirrored the Mets' overall campaign. Speaking to SNY on Thursday morning, Syndergaard spoke about what he and the team have fought through this season.
"It's definitely had its ups and downs," Syndergaard said of his individual season. "I think struggle is good in any scenario because it really separates the men from the boys. It's all about enduring that struggle and becoming a better person once it's all said and done."
The right-hander has pitched to a winning record of 10-7, but his 3.97 ERA (3.44 FIP) is the highest of any of his five big-league years.
His most recent two starts have showcased those ups and downs perfectly. After a dreadful nine-run, 3.0 inning outing against the Cubs, Syndergaard bounced back immediately to throw seven shutout innings against the Nationals.
"I felt like there was a lot that went into play between the start against the Cubs and the start against the Nationals. That was the worst start of my career by a long shot. It really kicked me in the teeth," said Syndergaard. "It was a good point to reflect and move on and learn from it and just try to have a short-term memory. I was really forced to go out there against the Nationals and relax and just try to focus on winning every pitch.
"One thing about that series against the Nationals, it would have been good to win that second one, but it just shows how resilient this team is. After a really tough loss, we come out there the next day and come out with a big win."
Syndergaard also spoke to the impact that Phil Regan has made on the staff after being named interim pitching coaching in the middle of the season.
"I don't know if he really changed anything, but just the overall trust factor -- because I think the majority of the pitching staff had worked with Phil throughout the minor leagues-and he's got 60, 70-plus years of baseball experience, so it's tough to argue with that," Syndergaard said. "I think we're all extremely thankful and blessed that he's here."