San Diego Padres at New York Mets
When and Where: Wednesday, July 24, Citi Field, Queens, N.Y., 7:10 p.m. EDT.
While the possibility, albeit slim, of Noah Syndergaard being traded before the July 31 deadline, Wednesday night’s matchup versus the San Diego Padres could be his final home start as a member of the New York Mets.
Lamet tries again for first win of 2019 for Padres
Dinelson Lamet (0-2, 5.14 ERA) is making his fourth start since missing the last season-plus following elbow surgery and again bids for his first win since 2017.
Dinelson Lamet, 96mph Fastball and 86mph Slider, Stop GIF pic.twitter.com/EjFlKwQqqk
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 18, 2019
Lamet did not pitch all that badly in his four innings at Miami on Thursday, yielding three runs — one earned — while striking out five. The Padres rallied to help the right-hander avoid a loss in their eventual 4-3 walkoff loss to the Marlins.
The right-hander has walked two in each of his three starts, so Lamet’s command has not come all the way back. But with each passing start, he is confident he can improve going forward.
“The more I’m on the mound, the better I feel,” Lamet told the Padres’ official website. “The more batters I face, the better I feel. As that continues to go, I’ll feel even better.”
Lamet began his career with a win over the Mets on May 25, 2017, allowing a solo homer and three hits overall while striking out eight in five innings of a 4-3 Padres victory.
Syndergaard on block, but Wheeler most likely to move
Syndergaard (7-4, 4.36) is attractive to suitors because he has a manageable $6 million salary for the remainder of this season and two team-controlled years regarding arbitration rights.
The Mets, though, will likely try to command a high price for the right-hander that could scare off most teams. A potential trade with the cross-town rival Yankees involving Syndergaard could also cause a backlash among the fan base.
Mets are committed sellers now, but they don’t believe they can do total rebuild in NY. Syndergaard is coveted by others (esp Yanks but many teams) but remains unlikely to be dealt now. The hope is 1 good start for Wheeler will draw interest. Vargas probably most likely to go.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 23, 2019
Wheeler’s trade value may have diminished some after being put on the injured list earlier this month, but the Mets hope by starting him Friday, some of those interested teams will circle back.
Amid this backdrop, Syndergaard makes a second bid to run his personal winning streak to five games. The right-hander pitched well enough to claim it Thursday in San Francisco where he limited the Giants to one run in seven innings, but he was long gone by the time the Mets lost 3-2 in 16 innings.
Syndergaard appears to have moved on from his first-half struggles, striking out 17 in 14 innings while conceding three runs in his two starts after the All-Star break. He did not fare as well against the Padres in May, yielding five runs and nine hits — including two home runs — in six innings before the Mets rallied late for a 7-6 victory.
Though Syndergaard is 1-2 with a 4.88 ERA in four career starts versus the Padres, the lone win was a masterful performance in his only outing against them at Citi Field in 2015. He struck out nine without a walk and scattered three hits in eight innings of a 4-0 victory.
Syndergaard is 4-0 with a 4.03 ERA in his last seven starts at Citi Field, with the Mets backing him with an average of 6.65 runs in those games while going 5-2.
The Padres are:
- 3-14 in their last 17 games vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 1-8 in their last nine games vs. NL East teams.
- 0-6 in Lamet’s last six starts following a loss in the previous game.
The Mets are:
- 4-0 in Syndergaard’s last four home starts.
- 12-2 in their last 14 home games vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 6-1 in Syndergaard’s last seven starts during game 2 of a series.