It’s pretty simple – all the Mets have to do to defeat the Royals is start Noah Syndergaard. He combined with three relievers on a dominating outing, leading the Mets to their first win of the year, a 2-0 victory over Kansas City Tuesday afternoon.
- The big difference in this game from the opener was the amount of strikeouts Mets pitchers tallied. In Sunday’s game, there were only three strikeouts by Mets pitchers and today it was 12.
- Syndergaard allowed a leadoff triple but battled back to strike out the side in the first inning. He finished with 9 Ks in 6 IP.
- The Mets got their first homer of the season as Neil Walker pulled a ball right down the RF line scoring Yoenis Cespedes, who walked, for the game’s only runs.
- Jeurys Familia shook off the memory of last year’s World Series performance to retire the side in order in the 9th, fanning a batter.
- Jim Henderson and Addison Reed each pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Henderson looked really good, hitting 97 with his fastball. A healthy and effective Henderson would ease a lot of concern over the bullpen.
- Mets have two days off before returning to action Friday, when they host the Phillies.