Devastated Noah Syndergaard tweets about Mets’ wild-card loss
Noah Syndergaard took to Twitter to cut open a vein in the wake of the New York Mets’ 3-0 wild-card loss to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
The Mets flamethrower’s tweeted lament showcases the devastation inherent to coming up short in the postseason. But it also demonstrates that in baseball, all hope springs eternal.
Baseball has a way of ripping your out, stabbing it, putting it back in your chest, then healing itself just in time for Spring Training.
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) October 6, 2016
Syndergaard became the latest pitcher, despite his best efforts, to fall victim to the otherworldly postseason greatness of Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. The 24-year-old right-hander, nicknamed “Thor,” put up a mostly mythic pitching performance. Syndergaard pitched seven innings of shutout baseball, surrendering only two hits and three walks while striking out 10 and taking a no-hit bid into the sixth inning.
Oh, and there’s this mind-blowing statistic about Wednesday’s performance:
Noah Syndergaard threw 42 pitches 98+ mph tonight. That's more than the Phillies (41) and Indians (35) threw all year. #Thor
— Inside Edge (@InsideEdgeScout) October 6, 2016
But Syndegaard could only watch helpless from the dugout as Mets closer Jeurys Familia faltered, ultimately surrendering a backbreaking three-run homer to Conor Gillaspie.
Bumgarner, meanwhile, once again proved to be among the greatest postseason pitchers of all-time. The 27-year-old ace who goes by “MadBug” struck out six, walked two and gave up only four hits in a masterful complete game shutout.
Despite the tough loss, the Mets deserve credit for climbing back into the postseason race with a phenomenal stretch run of baseball. While any accolades for their late-season success probably rings hollow to the Mets at this moment, it’s likely — as Syndergaard mentions in his tweet — things will appear much brighter come spring … just like every other year.