In one word, it's how the Mets night went. The lead was traded back and forth all night with the Tigers, and the road team came out on top in the end after a three-run seventh iced the win.
It's also a word to describe Noah Syndergaard's season thus far. Before tonight's start, he had been pitching deep into games, and began show more control of his pitches. The Mets were hoping he had turned the corner.
But his mechanics weren't on point on the Citi Field rubber, and it led to Detroit taking advantage of his mistakes.
"That's a really good question. I'm not too certain," Syndergaard said when asked why he hasn't been able to show consistency this season. "I think I have confidence in my routine in between starts, getting really good work in. Just having a tough time mentally putting it all together."
Thor allowed four runs to come across in the first two innings, digging himself a hole before the team could really get going. But carrying a four-game win streak into this series -- and the way they won those games with late, dramatic hits -- the Mets couldn't be counted out.
A four-run fourth would give the Mets and Syndergaard their first lead of the night, but it wouldn't last very long. Miguel Cabrera tagged Syndergaard with an opposite field homer to tie the game. Though he'd finish the fifth, Syndergaard wouldn't make it out of the sixth as Tyler Bashlor took over.
Manager Mickey Callaway was asked what he believed went wrong with Syndergaard tonight, and he confirmed that his mechanics seemed off.
"As far as Noah kinda going back and forth at times, we're battling consistency," he said. "We got to be more consistent with that. I think tonight he felt like his mechanics were a little off. Saw him down there kinda fiddling with his mechanics in between innings. Just a tough game for him."
Despite the issues on the bump, Syndergaard still managed to find some positive out of his up-and-down outing.
"Yeah, the results weren't necessarily great, but I try to take some positives from it like my curveball really improved as the game went on," he explained. "Was really able to snap that thing down, create some good tilt on it."
But like any job, we're all going to have our good and bad days. For an athlete, it could be not feeling your shot from three-point land, or the flow of your stick handling.
Or in Syndergaard's case, his golf swing.
"Pitching's really freaking annoying sometimes," Syndergaard said. "It kinda reminds me of my golf swing a little bit. One day you go out there and you feel like you have it figured out, then you go out there the next day and feel like you're just repeating yourself but not getting the results you want."
So, as Syndergaard heads into his five-day rest to try and figure out where that consistency lies, where is his frustration level at?
"It's pretty high," he said. "About as normal as anyone when it comes to just riding this rollercoaster."