If this weekend is any kind of harbinger of anything, 2019 is going to fun on most days, frustrating on others.
On the day the fans gave Jose Reyes a mini-me version of David Wright’s sendoff, Noah Syndergaard changed his geeky nickname today from “Thor,” to “Th0r.” He completely shut down Miami with a five-hit complete game performance. All year, we’ve been looking for the dominant-mode Syndergaard and finally, on the last day, we got it. Todd Frazier’s RBI double with two outs in the fourth inning was all the support Syndergaard needed. He struck out six and walked none, lowering his ERA to 3.03.
If he can approach that kind of performance consistently, if Jacob deGrom can even approximate his legendary 2018 in 2019, if Zack Wheeler can prove his second half was no fluke and if Steven Matz can continue his growth and smooth out the rough edges, the Mets can find themselves in the thick of things next year. Can find themselves… If they improve in the areas of most glaring weakness — catcher, centerfield, bullpen, bench, big slugger — they will most probably make one last run at the Braves and Phils before this all-too-short window closes.
And with that, Gut Reaction bids you all a fond adieu until March.