The Toronto Blue Jays open a quick two-game road trip on Tuesday night with their first visit to the New York Mets since the 2015 season. Jays fans will surely have some “what if” feelings about the pitcher on the mound for the Mets.
Blue Jays vs. Mets Betting Analysis
The Blue Jays have the unenviable task of facing one of the guys with the nastiest stuff in baseball on Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game interleague series at the New York Mets: Noah Syndergaard. Of course, Syndergaard once was a touted prospect in the Toronto system. He was traded, however, along with catchers Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra in December 2012 to the Mets for starting pitcher R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.
Actually, d’Arnaud was the highest-ranked prospect in that trade, tabbed as the No. 11 overall in all of baseball at the time. He hasn’t lived up to the billing in part because of injuries. He hasn’t played this season since April 8 due to an elbow issue and had season-ending Tommy John surgery in mid-April. Syndergaard, nicknamed “Thor” and the No. 38 overall pick in the 2010 draft, has blossomed into one of NL’s best pitchers, although his 2017 season was cut very short due to injury.
In eight starts this year, he’s 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. Syndergaard will be on plenty of rest here as he hasn’t pitched since May 6. He was scheduled to Saturday, but the Mets’ game vs. the Phillies was rained out and the team opted not to push him back to Sunday. Syndergaard’s lone start vs. Toronto was June 15, 2015 in Queens. He got the win, allowing one run and two hits over six innings with 11 strikeouts. Only a handful of current Blue Jays have faced him and none have homered.
Toronto lefty Jaime Garcia (2-2, 5.40) went six innings in his Blue Jays debut on April 2 vs. the White Sox but hasn’t lasted more than 5.1 innings in six starts since. He took a no decision last Wednesday vs. Seattle, surrendering two runs (one earned) and walking a season-high five in five innings. Homers (eight) and walks (18) have been an issue all year. Garcia is 2-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 career starts against the Mets. Jay Bruce has seen him the most, going 12-for-57 with a homer and 15 strikeouts. Wilmer Flores is 4-for-12 with two homers and six RBIs.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Jays haven’t won a series since April 30-May 2 at Minnesota. The team remains without three players on the DL: shortstop Aledmys Diaz (ankle), outfielder Randal Grichuk (knee) and utility player Steve Pearce (shoulder). Toronto sent outfield prospect Anthony Alford back to Triple-A Buffalo following Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Red Sox and will need to make a corresponding roster move before Tuesday’s game.
Also keep in mind that the Blue Jays will lose the designated hitter for these two interleague games. That’s Kendrys Morales, who will likely be relegated to pinch-hitting instead of taking Justin Smoak’s place at first. Smoak just returned from the paternity list Sunday.
New York Mets
The Mets looked like a new team under first-year manager Mickey Callaway, the former Indians pitching coach, for the first few weeks by racing out to an 11-1 start. However, New York is just 8-17 since. It hasn’t won a series since April 27-29 in San Diego. Injuries have been a problem, but the whole Matt Harvey mess didn’t help matters. He was recently traded to Cincinnati after being placed on waivers.
Oh, and the team last week embarrassingly batted out of order in the top of the first inning, leading to plenty of tabloid fodder in the Big Apple. The Mets didn’t have outfielder Jay Bruce over the weekend as he was on the paternity list, but he’ll return in time for this MLB matchup.