SYNDERGAARD BRILLIANCE AND OTHER THOUGHTS by Tom Brennan
Man, watching Noah Syndergaard the other night was so impressive. Thor was on fire, with high octane fastballs with great movement, a fine change, and a wicked slider, in one of the most brilliant 7 inning stints I have ever seen from a Mets pitcher. Hall of Fame caliber stuff.
As good as he was, he was not helped by an ump who (rightly) gave him no calls on pitches just off the plate and hitters who somehow laid off almost every borderline pitch he threw. I was watching, thinking, how can they react that quickly to pitches two inches off the plate?
Still, Thor was brilliant. My take is he is the ace of the Mets staff going into 2017.
I wrote yesterday that in my opinion, Blevins should have pitched the 9th, and not Familia, against the scheduled lefty highly disciplined Giants who laid off his “fish” pitches. The fish did not bite. We got bitten instead. Jaws-style.
I just wonder if they could have waited one more game to shelve Steve Matz. If he was healthy enough to give us an inning, that 9th inning against the lefties would have been a good spot for him.
I saw a little of marvelous lefty Andrew Miller in the Red Sox – Cleveland game. He would sure have looked good on the hill in the 9th against the Giants, but the Mets don’t trade with the Yanks, right? Too bad. Really too bad.
My brother Steve laid down some quick orders of 2017 business:
Waste no time re-signing Cespedes, Reed, and Colon. Two great minds think alike.
Have a great day, folks. Relax, relax. Only about four and a half months to spring training (FOUR AND A HALF MONTHS!!! GOOD GRIEF.)