I note several times in my articles regarding how things in baseball can change on a dime. Further, sports fans, especially baseball due to the schedule, are extremely fickle. One day this manager sucks, this player sucks, the first base coach sucks, the owner should be fired. Needless to say, that tune can change the very next game. And conversely, those two phases can occur in the opposite order. Take for the instance the New York Mets. They started off like a team that appeared to be a threat, but fast forward a few months and now they are aren’t on anyone’s radar. Is it justified they aren’t getting much attention? Well, the Mets are still very alive in the postseason hunt with a record of 44-42. In other words, they aren’t off the radar just yet. But I will give you one thing, there is a feeling that they will not be able to keep up in the second half of the season. A lot of that will do with how Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard perform. We get a look at the promising, young Syndergaard tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Not much to say about last night’s pick, and I like it when I don’t have to say much of a recap, because that usually means it was an easy winning pick. Just a quick one, though. Martinez and Locke were rolling before a rain delay almost spoiled things. They both went back out, but you could tell there was a little bit of tightening up in the arm, as they both exchanged some shaky innings. Locke ultimately was the one to get tagged, getting hit for 4 runs in the top of the 5th inning. After he beamed a hitter with a pitch, it should probably should have been an indication that he lost his pitch after the delay. The Pirates ended up adding a run to make it a 4-1 final for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. N.Y. Mets
Chase Anderson (4-2, 3.71 ERA) vs. Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 3.38 ERA)
Syndergaard is carrying the future of the Mets on his shoulder. In his first season at the major league level, despite a couple of rough patches, Syndergaard has looked flawless. What you want to see with a pitcher like him is improvement and progress. If he has a bad start, but comes back with lights out pitching in the games that follow, that is really all you can ask for from a top pitcher on your staff. A rookie no less, who has looked great. Apparently Syndergaard feels really comfortable pitching in New York, because he has a 1.89 ERA and 0.90 WHIP entering tonight’s contest. Sometimes you’ll get young pitchers that get the jitters, but not Syndergaard, thus far this season anyway.
Chase Anderson is certainly a worthy opponent for the Mets tonight, but he has been up, down, and all the way around. Consistency hasn’t been his friend in 2015. He has had just about every type of outing a pitcher can have. From the worst to the best, you’ll find it all with him. His last three starts he’s found himself in some trouble, yielding an ERA of 7.64 against the Rockies (twice) and Padres. This game is looking like it is going to be a low scoring affair, with the Mets coming out on top. Syndergaard, a stud at home, should be able to edge Anderson out Friday night.
PICK: METS TO WIN -137