The New York Mets will most likely put deGrom as their Game One starter in the NLDS.
But, he has struggled lately. Add in Matt Harvey‘s “innings-limit” controversy, and the options are wide open.
One pitcher that can make a strong case is rookie Noah Syndergaard.
Especially after Friday’s performance vs the Reds on the road, Syndergaard pitched perhaps his best outing ever on the road.
He threw 7.2 innings, with only two runs, zero walks and 11 strikeouts. He shutdown the Cincinnati Reds through the first seven innings, including sitting down 16 straight hitters.
That’s how dominant he was.
He will get one more start in the regular season to prove himself yet again. If deGrom struggles in his next start and Syndergaard throws another gem, manager Terry Collins may face a difficult decision to put the rookie phenom in the first game.
And with that dominant performance on the road, Collins might feel confident to put him in a road start.
So this outing on Friday was huge in a lot of ways.
Not only cause the Mets lowered their magic number to only one game, but it can also change the way the rotation could shape in the playoffs.
After some rough patches in most of his previous, it’s great to see Syndergaard at his best and show what he can really do.
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