The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
When he’s right, Noah Syndergaard has one of the most dominant arsenals of any starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. For the most part in 2019, he hasn’t been quite right, however...perhaps because he hadn’t yet faced the abysmal Cincinnati Reds offense just yet.
That changed on Thursday, however.
Thor allowed just 4 hits, a walk, and struck out 10 in his complete game shutout, leading the New York Mets to a split in the four-game series. It was the kind of outing that reminds me why I was so damn interested in the Reds trying to trade for him in their quest to ‘get the pitching.’
He homered, too, which you might notice was the only run in this 1-0 Mets victory.
Honorable Mention is due to Tyler Mahle, who was solid in his brief work - 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 0 BB, 7 K.
- Thor took matters into his own hands in the Bottom of the 3rd, hammering a Mahle meatball for a lengthy opposite-field solo dinger that put the Reds in a 1-0 hole.
- That’s it. That’s all there was. You’ve watched the Reds offense so far this year, so you really should have known that.
- Roughly 15 hours after Anthony DeSclafani was pulled after having thrown just 85 pitches in a scoreless game, Tyler Mahle was pulled after throwing 84 pitches of 1 ER ball. I suppose manager David Bell is just doing his damnedest to justify carrying a billion pitchers on the active roster.
- Both Jesse Winker and David Bell were ejected in the Top of the 9th after Winker again protested a fairly awful strike call by home plate umpire Marty Foster. That’s now the 3rd time David Bell has been ejected in his 30 games as active manager.
- He’ll have the occasional day-off here and there, sure, but otherwise this is the last Reds game we’re going to watch without Nick Senzel for, I dunno, a decade or so. The stud prospect will reportedly get called up from AAA prior to Friday’s game.
- The Reds have now played 31 games, and only 11 have taken place in GABP.
- Speaking of which, the Reds will finally head back to Cincinnati later today, and tomorrow they’ll open a four-game series at home against the San Francisco Giants. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET, and it’ll feature an all-Vandy matchup on the mound. Sonny Gray will start for the Reds, while Tyler Beede will go for the Giants.