While there are several teams in the postseason hunt and trying to make a run at the moment, that isn’t the case for the Mets or Marlins. They’re playing this season out and waiting for the beginning of vacation. The Marlins have seemed to just been giving up lately, as they recently went on a six-game losing streak before getting a 2-1 win against the Cardinals. Miami proceeded to lose another three games in a row. As I’m writing this, they are currently in a tie ball game with the Mets at 3-3 in the 6th. For the Mets, if you were to just blindly look at their pitchers and nothing else, they look like a postseason team.
Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard along are worthy of carrying a team far. However, when the offense chooses to take multiple days off at a time, it’s tough to win games, even for an elite pitcher like deGrom. Despite a 1.77 ERA and staring at a Cy Young, deGrom has a record of just 6-7. He may be the first pitcher to win the award and have a losing record. There was some debate in 2010 whether Felix Hernandez should have won it with a 13-12 record.
There were some rumors regarding Syndergaard getting traded at the deadline, but no one pulled the trigger on him. If the price was right, he likely would have been gone. It’d be irresponsible of the Mets not to get the house and the farm for Syndergaard and deGrom. The Yankees probably entertained the idea for a minute, but ultimately went for cheaper options in J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn. Syndergaard will get the call for the Mets in Miami on Sunday. The Marlins will go with lefty, Wei-Yin Chen. Head below for our free Mets vs. Marlins pick.
N.Y. Mets vs. Miami Marlins Pick
Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 3.17 ERA) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (4-8, 5.48 ERA)
Wei-Yin Chen was fantastic in his last start against the Cardinals. He was able to get the Marlins a win and snap a six-game losing streak. That came at home which has become commonplace for Chen in Miami. Chen has had a difficult time figuring out how it works on the road, but he gets transformed into an ace at home. Chen has gotten blasted on the road for a 10.27 ERA and 1.96 WHIP. Contrast that with his performances at home, as he enters Sunday with a 1.94 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. There isn’t a pitcher in the majors with such a large differential like that. He allowed just 1 hit and no runs across 5.2 innings in his last outing.
If deGrom is Batman, Syndergaard has been Robin this season. He hasn’t nearly as proficient as deGrom, who has just about been an auto-out on the hump in 2018. Syndergaard has been good, though, with an ERA of 3.17. He’s also gotten some more run support, as his record of 7-2 indicates. Syndergaard isn’t unhittable like deGrom can be, however.
He’s allowed 7 runs in his last two starts, which span across 13.1 innings vs the Nationals and Reds. And for the struggles the Mets have had this season, they’ve done well against Syndergaard with a .319 batting average and .360 OBP in 47 at-bats. Conversely, the Mets are hitting .232 against Chen in 56 at-bats. The name Syndergaard will attract money regardless of the price. The Marlins aren’t a good team, but I don’t think Syndergaard is worth the price the oddsmakers are demanding. Certainly not against Chen at home who has been extremely sharp. I will bite on the dog here.