Noah Syndergaard to start Game 2 of the NLCS
On Friday, Terry Collins left open the possibility for Noah Syndergaard to be pushed back in the rotation from his projected game two start in the NLCS after throwing excessively in game five of the NLDS in Los Angeles.
Steven Matz would have pitched game two instead against Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, with Syndergaard logically slated to pitch game four in Chicago.
But on Saturday, Collins said Syndergaard would be ready to make the start on Sunday against Arrieta after all, leaving Matz to pitch game four in Chicago instead.
“He’s got no stiffness, no soreness anywhere. He said he wants to pitch and we want him out there,” Collins said.
Collins said Matz could pitch out of the bullpen on Saturday as well.
This was certainly the preferable outcome for the Mets, as it means Syndergaard would be available to pitch in game seven of the NLCS if necessary on full rest.
That’s not a knock on Matz by any means, but Matz hasn’t pitched much lately whereas Syndergaard just seems to be in a nice groove at the moment.
The Mets could also bring Jacob deGrom back on full rest for game seven if he starts game three in Chicago as well.