The Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard
It really does not matter which of the five pitchers the Phillies draw from the deck of Met pitchers. They are all ultra-talented and very difficult to beat. This week, they have the unlucky hand of Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman, and yup, Noah Syndergaard. And I do not think I need to go any further than Thor in this one.
New York Mets
While the other two Mets starters are tough (the Phils saw Wheeler in Philly—5.2 IP, four hits, 3 earned runs, four strikeouts, and a walk), Syndergaard is not just a top pitcher in the Mets rotation, but a top pitcher in all of baseball. He can dominate a game with almost no effort and continues to get better each time he toes the rubber.
This season, Syndergaard has given up two earned runs in nineteen innings and struck out a measly 20 hitters in that span. Walks? None. Let me put this into perspective for you. He has not walked a single batter in 20 innings, and Velasquez has walked seven batters in nine innings. Teams have been able to muster 16 hits off the righty, so there is that.
He has started four games against the Phightins over the last three seasons. How has that gone? Let’s see. How about four wins, a .183 batting average against, a strong 30 strikeouts, four earned runs scored, and 1.37 ERA in 26.1 innings. And he is not bad at home where he has racked up 203 Ks, a 2.68 ERA, and a .223 average against him in 181.1 innings.
He eclipses 100 with his fastball and sinker. His slider and changeup both reach the mid-90s. He had double-digit strikeouts with each pitch last season, and outside of his sinker (.348), hitters did not break a .260 average on any of his five pitches.
Essentially, he is a strike-thrower who throws heat. The Phils are going to have to find hittable strikes, and sadly, Syndergaard does not just give those out.