Noah Syndergaard of the NL East-leading New York Mets has been a revelation in his rookie season. The 22-year-old has been one of the best pitchers in a loaded Mets rotation, and he’ll take the mound Wednesday when the Mets visit Baltimore for the final matchup of a three-game series.
Only once in his last 11 starts has Syndergaard given up more than three earned runs in an outing, but the rookie is still looking for his first win on the road. He is 0-5 in eight away starts with an ERA of 5.01. Compare that to a 7-1 record in nine home starts with an ERA of 1.82 and you wonder if it is just youth and inexperience that’s plaguing the young Syndergaard when he’s not in front of the home audience.
The Orioles, who are still in the wild card race in the American League, counter with Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been up and down over his last 10 starts. In that span, he has posted three starts where he’s given up six runs or more and also four outings where he’s allowed either zero or one run. He has been much better at home than on the road as the 31-year-old has a 6-2 mark in 10 home starts with an ERA of 3.20 at Camden Yards.