The San Fransisco Giants (13-13) snapped the New York Mets (15-8) eight-game winning streak by the final score of 6-1, at a cold and rainy Citi Field. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Noah Syndergaard pitched 5.2 innings while allowing 4 runs on 5 hits. Syndergaard struck out 6 while walking 2.
- David Wright was 2-4 with an RBI single.
- Neil Walker was 2-4 with 2 base hits.
- Juan Lagares was 2-4 with a double and a run scored.
- Yoenis Cespedes was 1-4 with a double.
Well all good things must come to an end right? The Mets were facing one of the top pitchers in baseball against Madison Bumgarner and simply could not execute offensively. That doesn’t go without saying that the Mets certainly had many opportunities this afternoon to claw back into this game. The Mets left twelve runners on base and were 1-8 with runners in scoring position. The Mets probably won’t want to face Bumgarner again at all this season, especially in the postseason as he now improves to 4-0 in his career against the Mets in five starts, and simply owns the Mets at Citi Field. Bumgarner holds a 0.62 ERA which is the lowest ERA at Citi Field among any pitcher with at least 25 innings pitched. Bumgarner has also thrown eighteen consecutive scoreless innings at Cit Field which is a record in the history of the ballpark.
Noah Syndergaard had a good but not great game this afternoon as he had to be almost perfect with the way Bumgarner was throwing today. Syndergaard had three stolen bases against him this afternoon, and if there has been one negative against Syndergaard it has been opposing base stealers. Ron Darling had noticed something with Syndergaard’s delivery that was allowing runners to run on him with ease, but would not disclose it on the broadcast. Hopefully this is something that may be shared to pitching coach Dan Warthen, or possibly something Warthen has noticed himself that he may be able to help correct. Time will tell, but Syndergaard’s throwing the ball so well right now you may not want to mess with his mechanics too much.
The Mets will welcome the Atlanta Braves to Citi Field next, and will look to start another win streak against the ball club it began one against last weekend. This is a crucial home series for the Mets to win, as they will hit the road for a long eleven game west coast road trip following Wednesday’s game, and this should be a team the Mets beat handily. This has been a great homestand thus far with the Mets going 5-1, and took a home series from the Giants for the first time in five seasons. The Mets will look to close out strong these last three games before going across the country for eleven days.
- The Mets and Atlanta Braves play the first game of their three game series tomorrow evening at Citi Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm et. The game will be televised on SNY.
- Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.42 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets with the hope of passing Pedro Martinez for second place on the all-time Dominican-born pitchers wins list. The Braves have not announced a starter but it is expected that right-hander Matt Wisler (0-2, 4.26 ERA) will get the start against the Mets.