It'll come one day later than expected, but the Royals will grapple with the stiff task of knocking off electric Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.
New York manager Collins moved Syndergaard back one day in favor of Bartolo Colon, citing the need to give Syndergaard an extra day of rest after he threw a season-high 115 pitches in 8 1/3 innings in a win over the Pirates last Wednesday. In addition, the move allows Syndergaard to start against the Nationals on Monday.
The righty will pitch opposite Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy, who will make his eighth start in his 24th outing of the season. He's put together a 3.17 ERA, but is coming off a start in which he tied a career worst by allowing three homers while lasting just five innings in a no-decision in a 10-4 loss to Detroit.
While he doesn't boast Syndergaard's reputation, Duffy draws some similarities to the Mets' starter with his strike rate. He's thrown 68.8 percent of pitches for strikes, third in the Major Leagues behind Clayton Kershaw (69.0) and Syndergaard (69.0).
Things to know about this game
• Duffy has dominated over nine appearances in day games this year. In fact, his 0.44 day ERA leads the Majors. Three of those outings were starts.
• Syndergaard has thrown at least 115 pitches once before, when he tossed 116 on July 10, 2015. He came out strong his next time out and tossed seven innings of two-run ball, a performance the Mets would be happy with Wednesday.
• Syndergaard has pitched against the Royals this season, leading the Mets to a 2-0 win on April 5. In his first start of the season, the righty tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out nine.