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Still with Mets, Syndergaard focuses on Pirates
New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates
- The Mets earned a three-game sweep of the Pirates last weekend in New York, their first sweep of three or more games against Pittsburgh since September 2010 (four games).
- New York has won a season-high seven straight games, sporting a 1.80 ERA over that span (1.30 from starters). The Mets have MLB's best record (13-5, .722) and lowest ERA (2.56) since the All-Star break.
- The Pirates are an MLB-worst 3-16 (.158) since the break, averaging an NL-low 3.79 runs per game. The worst record all-time in their first 20 games after the All-Star break is 4-16, in both 1985 and 2007.
- Josh Bell leads the majors with 88 RBI and 64 extra-base hits. The only Pirate all-time to lead MLB in RBI is Willie Stargell in 1973, and the last to lead the majors in extra-base hits was Barry Bonds in 1992.
- Robinson Cano hit his 10th home run of the season on Thursday, his 15th straight season with 10 or more. The only other player with an active streak that long is Albert Pujols (19 straight).
- Steven Matz hurled not only his first career complete-game shutout last Saturday against the Pirates, but his first career complete game. He needed just 99 pitches in the win, the fewest by a Mets pitcher in a shutout since Johan Santana on May 26, 2012 against the Padres (96).
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In a span of six days that includes a scheduled start Sunday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard will go from one of his signature performances to escaping the trade deadline unscathed to trying to help his team squeeze into the playoffs.
On Tuesday, Syndergaard struck out a season-best 11 in New York's 5-2, 11-inning win over the Chicago White Sox. The next day, the trade deadline passed, and Syndergaard tweeted a classic clip from "The Wolf of Wall Street" with Leonardo DiCaprio's character defiantly screaming into a microphone, "I'm not leaving."
Since the All-Star break, Syndergaard has a 1.91 ERA, 36 strikeouts and seven walks. He has gone at least seven innings in four straight starts for the first time in his career.
"You can tell his confidence is back," Mets catcher Tomas Nido said, according to MLB.com.
"That was probably the best I've seen him," New York manager Mickey Callaway added of Syndergaard's Tuesday start, when he went 7 1/3 innings, gave up one run and five hits and walked one. "He had everything working."
Syndergaard echoed others in the Mets organization, expressing optimism that they can make a run at a wild-card spot.
"The sky's the limit still," he said.
Syndergaard will be pitching the rubber match of the series against the Pirates. The Mets have won five of six series since the All-Star break, including a sweep of the Pirates at home last weekend.
This week, Pittsburgh took the opener 8-4 before New York won Saturday 7-5 when Wilson Ramos had a career-high six RBIs. The Pirates were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and lost for the 11th time in 13 games.
"We didn't come up with that big hit. That's baseball right now," said Tom Prince, acting Pirates manager for the first two games of the series.
In the series finale Sunday, Syndergaard (7-5, 4.10 ERA) is slated to face Pittsburgh right-hander Joe Musgrove (8-9, 4.23 ERA).
Syndergaard is 1-1 with a 1.77 ERA in three career starts against Pittsburgh.
Musgrove, on a lesser scale than Syndergaard, also has been effective recently. He has won two of his past three starts, and over his past eight starts he is 4-2 with a 3.09 ERA.
He is 1-1 with an 0.96 ERA in two career appearances, one start, against the Mets.
The long ball has been an issue for Musgrove lately. He has given up eight homers over his past five starts and five homers over his past two starts. His last time out, in Tuesday's 11-4 win at Cincinnati, Musgrove gave up two runs -- both on solo homers -- and five hits in six innings, with four strikeouts and no walks.
It was a game mostly noted for a benches-clearing brawl. Musgrove, already out of the game, returned to the field, but he was not among the three Pirates players suspended.
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle will return to oversee his team Sunday after serving a two-game suspension, and two of the three players are available while they appeal their suspensions. Reliever Keone Kela opted on Saturday to drop his appeal and begin serving a 10-game suspension.
--Field Level Media
Updated August 4, 2019