Noah Syndergaard: About Last Night

A perfect sequence as to why Noah Syndergaard is going to be a dangerous pitcher in this league (as if he’s not there already): in the fourth inning, facing Ryan Zimmerman, he starts him off with a breaking ball away, then busts him up and in with a fastball at 97. Zimmerman was bailing. 100-mph fastball low and outside for strike two, and thse are followed by two straight breaking balls on the outside for the strikeout. After that pitch inside, Zimmerman wanted nothing to do with Syndergaard again.

If he continues to pitch like that, mixing location as well as he does pitches, the six perfect innings against the Padres will be more typical of a Syndergaard outing. Last night he did a few things of particular note that bodes well for his future: he pitched inside much more frequently, and he established the inside part of the plate as his. He also pitched down in the zone well, painting the corners. Hitting the corners allowed him to expand the zone a bit, getting a few generous calls on breaking balls away.

He made two mistakes, allowing home runs to Anthony Rendon and Yunel Escobar. The fastball to Rendon caught too much of the plate, but the two fastballs prior were low middle, sitting 99. The pitch to Escobar was up, but the fans were so into this game that even that home run made them happy as the young lady that caught the ball tossed it back onto the field.

Go figure.

On the night, Syndergaard worked eight innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and striking out nine. That’s the second straight outing for Syndergaard where he’s pitched eight innings and it marks the fourth time in his last seven outings.

Below I’ve listed the particulars for the Mets starting pitcher for yesterday’s game. The tables and charts don’t exactly tell the entire story of last night’s pitching performance. These are just numbers, not stories, and each start is its own individual story. I like to think of these charts as the footnotes at the bottom of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They’re not essential to making sense of the story’s narrative flow, but it definitely adds to the story’s richness if you understand the political and religious climates of late nineteenth century Ireland. In other words, it’s one thing to know that a thing occurred in a linear fashion, but it’s best to gain a deeper understanding as to why those events occurred.

Pitch Type Thrown Percentage
Changeup 12 11.1
Curveball 28 25.7
Fourseam 45 41.3
Sinker 23 21.1
Slider 1 0.9

Pitches by Type

Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:

Outcome Changeup Curveball Fourseam Sinker Slider
Ball 6 7 14 4 1
Called Strike 0 6 8 7 0
Swinging Strike 1 7 5 1 0
Foul 3 3 11 4 0
In play, no out 1 2 1 1 0
In play, out(s) 1 3 4 6 0
In play, run(s) 0 0 2 0 0

Pitches by Outcome


Pitch Type Min (mph) Mean (mph) Max (mph)
Changeup 87.4 89.04 90.1
Curveball 79.2 81.5 83.9
Fourseam 95.9 97.8 99.6
Sinker 95.9 97.5 98.8
Slider 84.8 94.8 84.8

Pitch Velocities

Below are the pitch locations by both batter stance (left or right) and by pitch type:

150802_SynBatterPitch Location by Batter

By pitch type:

150802_SynPitchPitch Location by Pitch Type


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