In tonight’s game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers, Noah Syndergaard was ejected for throwing behind Chase Utley. It was clear that Syndergaard was trying to get revenge for Utley’s slide that broke Ruben Tejada’s leg.
This is a topic that really bothers me with today’s game. I still have some of those old-school roots in me but I also like some of the new ideas in the game today. Despite what my brother believes, I have no problem for the Mets trying to get a little revenge from last year’s post-season. What bothers me is how they went about it. The Mets and Dodgers had a 4 game series in Los Angeles and Chase Utley had 14 at-bats without being hit. Noah Syndergaard even faced Chase Utley 4 times in one of those games. So if Syndergaard felt an obligation to get justice for his former teammate, should he not have done this in LA? Why did the Mets wait for the 6th game and 18 at-bats versus Chase Utley to finally hit him? That bothers me. Syndergaard is one of the hardest throwers in all of baseball as he has thrown more fastballs of 98+ than half of the teams in baseball. Syndergaard cannot throw at a player when he throws that hard when he is not expecting to be hit. Utley had to feel like the Mets would try to get revenge in LA. But after 18 at-bats, the idea of getting hit intentionally was probably the farthest thing from his mind. What if Syndergaard would have missed badly with a fastball up and in and Utley was expecting a fastball on the outside corner instead of getting hit? Bad things happen when guys who throw that hard go seeking for revenge.
Whatever viewpoint you have about getting revenge or not in baseball, Syndergaard deserved to get thrown out. According to the rule, the umpire had every right to throw him out because there was clear intent. So was it worth it? The Mets had to use their bullpen very early, may lose the game, and Syndergaard is likely to receive a suspension. Thoughts?