Preview: 2016 Season - Game 28 - Mets at Padres - Syndergaard vs Pomeranz - 10:40 PMGame 28 - New York Mets (17-10, 8-4 Road) at San Diego Padres (12-17, 7-9 Home)
TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM
Game Time: 10:40 PM EST
Noah Syndergaard looks to get back on track as his New York Mets face Pomeranz and the host San Diego Padres on Friday night.
After posting a 0.90 ERA through his first three outings, Syndergaard (2-1, 2.51 ERA) has allowed seven runs in 12 1/3 innings over his last two after falling 6-1 to San Francisco on Sunday. His six strikeouts were his fewest of the season.
"It was just kind of a disappointing start," Syndergaard said. "My last two starts, I haven't felt very comfortable on the mound."
The right-hander felt just fine the last time he faced the Padres, striking out nine and giving up three hits in eight innings of a 4-0 win July 28. His only outing at Petco Park didn't go as well, though, with seven runs allowed in four innings of a 7-2 loss June 2.
Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 2.48) hasn't faced the Mets (17-10) since 2012, the last year he started exclusively with Colorado. He worked mostly as a reliever and made only nine starts last season with Oakland before coming over in a December trade and earning a spot in the Padres' rotation.
The left-hander was a tough-luck loser Sunday, allowing the game's only run and three hits in seven innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It marked the fourth time in his five starts that he's allowed fewer than three runs and third time he's received fewer than two of support.
"Getting deep into games, as long as I'm efficient, I feel like I do pretty well," Pomeranz told MLB's official website. "Usually when I'm in the game longer, I'm feeling pretty good with all my pitches."
Part of the reason Pomeranz hasn't received much run support is because he's been up against some of the game's best pitchers. He opposed Madison Bumgarner on April 25, went against Kershaw in his last outing and gets Syndergaard in this one.
"In my mind, I'm facing the ace, no matter what," Pomeranz said. "I'm trying to give up the least amount of runs possible. It doesn't really change my mindset out there. It is kind of fun, though, getting to face some of these No. 1s."