Twins about to face 2 of MLB's best pitchers in Mets' Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard

The duo can be as dominant as any in the big leagues.
Publish date:

The upstart Minnesota Twins visit the New York Mets for a two-game series Tuesday-Wednesday, and as bad luck would have it, they're scheduled to face two of Major League Baseball's best starting pitchers. 

On Tuesday (first pitch at 6:10 p.m.), the Twins will send out a lineup against Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom. Then on Wednesday (another 6:10 p.m. start), the Twins face right-hander Noah "Thor" Syndergaard. 

In two starts this season, deGrom is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and has 24 strikeouts in 13 innings. He won the National League Cy Young Award last season when he posted the sixth-lowest ERA (1.70) since the pitcher's mound was lowered to its current height in 1969. 

The 6-foot-4 flamethrower set a MLB record with 24 straight quality starts and 29 consecutive starts allowing three runs or fewer. He struck out 269 batters to just 46 walks in 217 innings. 

Syndergaard, an imposing man who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 240 pounds, brings the heat with a 100 mph fastball, not to mention an effective arsenal that includes a changeup, sinker, slider and curveball. 

Despite injuries limiting his dominance last season, Syndergaard averaged 98.2 mph on his fastball in 2018, according to FanGraphs, a 97.3 mph sinker and a knee-buckling 82.3 mph curveball to keep hitters off-balance. 

Tuesday's game is in danger of dealing with some rain as the forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in New York after 5 p.m. If the game gets postponed it might be a blessing in disguise to avoid deGrom, but if the game gets played, the Twins will have their work cut out for them. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-12-03 at 5.01.58 PM

Body found floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

Efforts to identify the deceased are underway.

Hennepin County Government Center

Judge finds suspect guilty in 1991 murder of young Minneapolis woman

A 58-year-old man from South St. Paul, who was 29 at the time, has been found guilty of stabbing a 20-year-old woman

northfield community education center

Northfield school fires employee who allegedly gave melatonin to infant

It's against district policies to give a child anything without a parents' permission.

state hockey tournament, mshsl

MSHSL approves 3 calendars to start winter sports as soon as Dec. 21

The start date will depend on whether the state shutdown is lifted.


Drug overdose deaths up 31% in the first half of 2020

Overdose deaths started to increase sharply in March, which coincides with the state-ordered lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.

los ocampos

Video: Vehicle crashes into St. Paul restaurant

The fire department is on scene addressing a gas leak.

covid-19, coronavirus

Latest county infection rates are sky-high throughout Minnesota

Kandiyohi County is one of the hardest hit counties in the state.

Jenna Fish

Family's warning after teen's tragic death from CO poisoning at Thanksgiving

A 17-year-old girl from Delano died after Thanksgiving due to carbon monoxide poisoning.


More than $12K donated to MN gym owner who refused to close

The small business is located in town in Wabasha County.

radio station, microphone

MPR, The Current launch new weekly segment called 'The Warming House'

The program will feature feel-good entertainment amid the pandemic.

coronavirus, COVID-19 test

Dec. 3 COVID-19 update: 92 deaths marks MN's 2nd-highest total

The deaths continue to surge amid the worst of the pandemic so far.


Noah Syndergaard

Should the Twins offer top prospects for Noah Syndergaard?

The price would be high, but one ESPN writer argues Minnesota should do it.

Screen Shot 2019-04-09 at 10.00.32 PM

Cy Young winner deGrom no match for homering Twins

Minnesota pounded out 17 hits in the game.

Noah Syndergaard

Report: Mets want top Twins prospects for Noah Syndergaard

The report says the Mets want Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff.

Byron Buxton

Mets reportedly wanted Buxton in trade talks for Syndergaard

The MLB trade deadline hits at 3 p.m. Wednesday.


Why the Twins should target Syndergaard or deGrom

Either ace would improve the rotation dramatically.

Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard trolls clueless Cleveland Indians tweet

It's funny when a fringe playoff team calls an opponent a fringe playoff team.

Sergio Romo

Numbers say Twins now have 3 of MLB's best relievers

The two trade acquisitions could prove to be key down the stretch.