With 98 shots and six innings to his credit – and a runner in first place – Noah Syndergaard was sent by Mickey Callaway for his third game Saturday night, as the Mets coach was hoping to get another run of his pitcher.
In a sense, it's understandable. The playmaker of the Mets, who engaged in the game against the Cardinals, has earned an average of 8.33 points in the last two weeks. But things did not go as planned.
Syndergaard grabbed his right leg at the next run following a single from Yairo Munoz, before leaving the match before going out – and the pen almost spoiled his 8-7 win of any way.
The Mets announced that Syndergaard was suffering from tension in the tendon tendon and that the right-hander had refused, through a spokesman for the team, to speak to reporters after the game.
"We will reevaluate it [Sunday] and then from there, "Callaway said. "C was on this ground [to Munoz]. "
Callaway said he did not know if Syndergaard would miss his next start, but it was an easy decision to remove him from it.
At that point, the Mets had a five-point lead and the match seemed safe. Seth Lugo charged the bases in the eighth before escaping and Edwin Diaz needed a decisive breakpoint at home after Kolten Wong's ball dropped in the right field, but the Mets resisted.
"At the bottom of the game, if [Syndergaard] feel something, he goes out, "Callaway said.
Callaway left Syndergaard because he had 17 shots left before reaching the 115, number that the team had in mind for him. Maybe that number should have been lower.
"I hope he's fine," said J.D. Davis. "I do not think it's too serious, because if there were discussions, guys would have talked about it, but I hope it's maybe a little tired."
For a team struggling to come back to $ .500, Syndergaard's all-time missed would be devastating. After a worthy performance against the Rockies on his last start, he managed six good heats on Saturday before things collapsed to seventh.
His throwing line – five points in six innings, four earned, with five strikeouts – did not do justice to his performance.
The year was tough for the Mets pitcher staff. Jacob deGrom's EER is above 3.00 for the season and Syndergaard is at its lowest level, even before the injury. But if there is hope of running in the east of the NL, these two must be in the center.
If Syndergaard runs out of time, it will not help his chances.