On a cool Monday night, Syndergaard could have used some pine tar for some extra grip. Fans have suspected many pitchers use pine tar, but the MLB has not been handing out any punishment. It's one of those rules the majority of baseball ignores for the most part.
It's possible that Syndergaard is being falsely accused. He still ended up giving up five runs in five innings against the Phillies, but he did have nine strikeouts. His rough start to the season might temper that suspicion for now.
Noah Syndergaard is the most overrated pitcher in baseball.— Maddux (@MVP_133) April 16, 2019
Syndergaard has started his season with a 5.63 ERA. The star pitcher still has some of the best stuff in baseball, but can't seem to keep the batters off the bases.
Despite Syndergaard's struggles, the Mets have started the season atop of the NL East. Their win against the Phillies last night puts them at 10-6.