Syndergaard and the Mets avoided arbitration with a one-year, $6 million contract Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Syndergaard more than doubled his salary after returning to relative health in 2018. Despite making two trips to the disabled list, his 25 starts represented the second-highest mark of his four-year career, and his 3.03 ERA was in line with his 2.93 career mark.
Syndergaard (13-4) fired a complete game shutout in Sunday's win over the Marlins, striking out six and allowing five hits. Sunday's outing was a strong finish to the season, as Syndergaard ends the 2018 campaign with a 3.03 ERA and a 155:39 K:BB in 154.1 innings. Health concerns will linger through the upcoming 2019 draft season, but he continues to pitch at a very high level when he's healthy enough to take the ball every fifth day.
Syndergaard (illness) is scheduled to start Sunday against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Syndergaard pitched through an illness his last time out, but he's apparently feeling "a lot better" and remains on track to start Sunday's regular season finale. It's been a bit of an inconsistent year for the electric right-hander, though he still owns a 3.22 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 149:39 K:BB through 24 starts (145.1 innings). Syndergaard will look to finish the year on a positive note against the lowly Marlins.
Syndergaard fired six scoreless innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Braves, allowing three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Syndergaard threw 69 percent of his pitches for strikes and allowed just one runner past first base. He likely could've gone deeper into the game, but he was removed after six innings and watched as the bullpen blew the lead in the seventh, costing him a shot at a win. Syndergaard bounced back nicely after he was roughed up in his last outing, with this quality start lowering his ERA to a sharp 3.22. He lines up for one final start this weekend against the Marlins.
Syndergaard (12-4) took the loss Wednesday against the Phillies, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks across four innings. He struck out six. Syndergaard labored through this one, as he needed 89 pitches -- 54 of which went for strikes -- to get just 12 outs. The right-hander served up a pair of homers, a solo shot to Rhys Hoskins in the first inning and a two-run homer to Odubel Herrera in the fourth, marking the first time since Opening Day he allowed multiple homers in a game. Syndergaard has now alternated quality starts with shakier outings dating back to the start of August, raising his ERA from 2.98 to 3.36 over that 10-start stretch. He'll look to finish the season on a positive note with his final two starts at home against the Braves and Marlins.