Noah Syndergaard turned in another ace-like performance and David Wright hit two solo homers as the Mets reached the .500 mark with a 5-2 win over the Phillies on Monday at Citizens Bank Park >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
- Syndergaard continued his dominant start for the Mets, tossing seven innings of one-run ball. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out eight. Through his first three starts, Syndergaard is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA, 29 strikeouts and four walks in 20 innings.
- The Mets hit four more home runs on Monday with Wright leading the way with a pair. Lucas Duda and Neil Walker also went deep, going back-to-back in the eighth inning. The blasts gave New York 11 homers in its last four games, whereas the Mets had only two homers in their first eight.
- Wright's two-homer game was his first in almost three years (June 20, 2013, against the Braves). He has now reached base safely in 20 straight games dating back to last year.
- Walker's solo shot was his team-leading fourth of the season.
- In addition to his solo homer, Duda drove in the Mets' second run with an opposite-field double in the sixth inning. It was his second straight two-RBI game.
Tim Reilly: It's only been three starts and I'm already running out of things to say about Syndergaard. With Matt Harvey struggling and Jacob deGrom dealing with his lat injury and family at home, Syndergaard has surpassed both as the must-watch pitcher on this staff. What I liked most about his outing was that it followed Steven Matz's stellar performance on Sunday. That's what the Mets want to see. Putting together starts like these - one after the other - is what can (and hopefully will) make this rotation special.
Terry Collins wisely gave Wright a day off heading into this series. Wright has historically thrived in the cozy confines of Citizens Bank Park, and he continued to do so with two home runs to the opposite field. Each time I see Wright hit a home run to right, I think back to what a mistake it was making the initial dimensions at Citi Field what they were, completely going against Wright's strength in taking the ball the other way. But I suppose it's time to let that go now. >> To follow Tim on Twitter, click here.
- Terry Collins on Wright: "Star players should never surprise you in what they can do."
- Syndergaard on his start: "I have the utmost amount of confidence in the world out there to throw whatever pitch I can in every different scenario. "
- Wright on Syndergaard: "He's elevated himself, this moment in time, to that elite level. When you play video games, if you build a player, put all the abilities to max 10…he's that player."
- Wright on his success in Philadelphia: "It's a good place to hit for certain, but other than that I think I've just played a lot here."
News and Notes
- Wright now has 22 home runs at Citizens Bank Park, his most in any visiting ballpark. In his career, Wright is a .291 hitter with 22 homers and 69 RBIs in 98 games in Philadelphia.
- Syndergaard's 29 strikeouts in his first three starts are the second-most ever by a Mets pitcher. Pedro Martinez holds the franchise mark with 30 punchouts in his first three starts in 2005.
- New York has 24 extra-base hits in their last four games after hitting 10 through their first eight.
- DeGrom and his wife Stacey were able to bring home their son Jaxon home from the hospital on Monday. The right-hander remains on bereavement/family medical leave, but he may start this weekend in Atlanta.
The Mets (6-6) will play the Phillies (6-8) from Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Logan Verrett (1-0, 1.29 ERA) will face off against rookie Vince Velasquez (2-0, 0.00 ERA).