Washington’s Nationals scored 25 runs total on 26 hits last night in the first of two with the New York Mets in D.C., but this afternoon they’re going up against Noah Syndergaard, who has given up three runs or fewer in 12 of 13 outings this season.
Syndergaard has posted a 3.38 ERA in 11 starts and 56 innings on the mound against the Nats in his career, with one five-inning outing against the Mets’ NL East rivals earlier this season in which he gave up seven hits, two walks, and one earned run in what ended up being a 4-2 win in Citi Field.
It was Syndergaard’s first start off close to two months on the DL for a strained ligament in his right index finger, but he was still pretty sharp.
“He had good velo,” Nats’ catcher Matt Wieters told reporters after he went 0 for 4 in New York. “His offspeed stuff I thought was good. Anybody that goes out there that throws 99, you’re going to have to get the bat going a little bit on him, but his stuff was good, maybe a few more pitches middle than when he’s really on, but stuff-wise I thought he looked good.”
“He was pretty sharp the first few innings,” Davey Martinez said “... and about the fourth inning you could tell he got a little tired from what I was seeing, but he’s good. He’s got good stuff.”
Syndergaard followed that start up with another five-inning outing against the New York Yankees in which he gave up eight hits and one earned run.
Nationals’ second baseman Daniel Murphy, who went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and six RBIs in last night’s win, continuing his dominance against his former team, talked after the big game about what he and his teammates need to do to keep going like they were in the opener.
How do they keep it going? “Get hits,” Murphy said.
“Keep grinding out at bats. I say it over and over again, but that’s what we did I think from the first at bat of the game with Trea [Turner] and all the way through that first inning and through the whole game.”
“All you can do is control the effort and make the choice to engage in every single pitch, and hopefully we’ll continue to do that and I think we will.”