I'm going to be honest, Noah Syndergaard's debut went a lot better than I thought it would. If one inning can be used to measure a career, then his first inning of work is a sign of good things to come. All he needed was 7 pitches to get through the inning and he threw harder than any starting pitcher I have seen lately.
His first pitch was a ball but hit 97 MPH. Soon after he recorded his first career strikeout but didn't stop there as his very next pitch hit 99 MPH which is something that is mostly seen in elite relievers these days. In the 2nd inning, Syndergaard continued to perplex hitters by striking out another two while also giving up a single an an intentional walk, overall a stellar start for the young star.
Trouble was found in the 3rd inning on a less than average play by Murphy which resulted in a single and two walks to load the bases, though Syndergaard was able to narrowly avoid giving up his first run by getting a full count fly out from Jorge Soler.
He followed that up with a 1-2-3 4th inning and ran into trouble again in the 5th inning after giving up a triple to Kris Bryant, but was able to strikeout Miguel Montero to bring his scoreless streak up to 5 innings. At this point, no matter how good Noah was doing, every at bat is a heartache because the Mets offense just couldn't score meaning one hit could have put Noah in position for the loss in either the 3rd or 5th innings.
That's exactly what happened because the 6th inning took a turn for the worse as Syndergaard gave up 3 runs including a 2 run home run to Chris Coghlan and exited the game. It wasn't a bad start, its just that the Mets couldn't offer any run support. In his 5.1 innings, he gave up 6 hits and 6 strikeouts. Both are good numbers, especially 6 K's in less than 6 innings, and 3 earned runs which is also good for any given start.
The Mets were able to get one run back in the 8th in a Sac Fly, but unfortunately, the Cubs tacked on another 3 runs against the Mets to win the 2nd game of the series 6-1. Syndergaard pitched a really good game overall for his debut.