The New York Mets will most likely put deGrom as their Game One starter in the NLDS.

By David Hong

Jacob deGrom has been the Mets most consistent starter throughout most of the season.

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.

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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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David Hong
Other than God, sports are my biggest love. My teams are the Mets, Knicks, NY Giants, NY Rangers and St Johns basketball (St. John's alumni). I especially love the Mets like crazy, more than any other team and seeing them win the World Series would be a dream come true and definitely the best sports moment. The Knicks are a close second. I also like to write, so combine that with my passion for sports equals a perfect scenario, I would love to do sports writing long term. If not that, then probably sports broadcasting, cause I love to talk sports as well. In addition to writing for ESNY, I'm also currently writing for Metsmerizedonline.