New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard will make a rehab start on Sunday, July 8 with the Brooklyn Cyclones.
The New York Mets have been, once again, cursed by the injury bug this season. However, they are beginning to get some good news on that front.
Breaking News – Noah Syndergaard will pitch for the Cyclones on Sunday when we take on the Staten Island Yankees as part of a MLB Rehab Assignment. Game time is 4:00 PM
— Brooklyn Cyclones (@BKCyclones) July 4, 2018
Getting Syndergaard back would be huge for the Mets, who are coming off of a dreadful month of June. The team went 5-21 in the month, and it got so bad that fans began wearing bags on their heads at games, ala 1970s New Orleans Saints fans.
Syndergaard last pitched on May 25 before going on the disabled list with a strained ligament in his finger. The Mets initially hoped he would only miss one start, but with this being the Mets there were predictably complications. He threw a bullpen session at one point and suffered swelling in the finger the next day.
When healthy, Syndergaard has been very effective for the team. He has a 3.06 ERA on the season with 74 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched. He has a 4-1 record on the season, partially a product of not having pitched in the team’s terrible June.
For his career, he is 28-19 with an impressive 2.92 ERA. He has a strong 494:90 strikeouts to walks ratio in 428.2 innings pitched. His 1.11 career WHIP is especially impressive for a starting pitcher. He’s done a great job in keeping runners off the base paths, which makes it easier to keep the ERA down (obviously).
He, along with fellow starter Jacob deGrom, have been the subject of trade rumors recently. Although it appears less likely as the year goes on that he will be moved, it has still been hanging over the team.
Syndergaard has not had to pitch under these circumstances yet, but that’s about to change. Assuming no other setbacks occur, he should be returning to the Mets around mid-July and will make several starts before the non-waiver deadline.