The Mets got back to .500 on Monday night thanks to another dominant performance from Noah Syndergaard, who allowed one run and struck out eight through seven innings - raising his ERA to 0.90.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, in the last 100 years, only Randy Johnson (5) has struck out at least eight batters and allowed one run or less in each start more times to begin a season.
Syndergaard has 29 strikeouts in 20 innings this season, giving him the Major League lead. He is just one strike outs behind Pedro Martinez (2005) for the most in franchise history through three starts.
"The thing that keeps driving him is that being good or being great isn't enough," David Wright said, according to MLB.com. "He wants to be in that elite level and I think he's certainly in the talks."
Syndergaard's slider is clocking in at a league-high 91.9 MPH on average this season, according to MLB StatCast.
"He's made such huge strides with command, with his thought process, his learning how to pitch," manager Terry Collins said. "He's gotten so good so fast, it's remarkable."