More for Thor: Righty earns 2nd weekly award

Syndergaard named NL's top player with back-to-back starts on par with Doc

More for Thor: Righty earns 2nd weekly award

WASHINGTON -- Noah Syndergaard's week was impressive enough to invoke statistical comparisons to Dwight Gooden, Nolan Ryan and Clayton Kershaw. So it was only natural that it was also strong enough to earn him National League Player of the Week honors. Major League Baseball made the announcement Monday, a day after Syndergaard capped a two-start week with a 2-0 record, a 0.00 ERA, 21 strikeouts and zero walks.

On Tuesday, Syndergaard outpitched Nationals ace Max Scherzer with seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 Mets victory. Five days later, he beat the Brewers, 3-1, allowing just an unearned run with 11 strikeouts in seven innings.

"Anytime we have Noah on the mound, we know we have a pretty good shot to win," third baseman David Wright said. "It shows you why he's one of the best in the game right now."

In submitting consecutive games with double-digit strikeouts and zero walks, Syndergaard joined Gooden as the only Mets pitchers to achieve that feat. He also fell into line with Kershaw, Ryan and Jose Fernandez as the only pitchers since 1913 to do so without allowing an earned run. In the process, Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 1.94, fifth best in the Majors. He also owns the fifth-most strikeouts in the Majors, and the second-best strikeout-to-walk ratio behind only Kershaw.

"When you talk about aces, you talk about guys like [Zack] Greinke, Kershaw," Mets second baseman Neil Walker said. "As far as stuff is concerned and makeup, he's right there with anybody that's on the top of my head."

This is Syndergaard's second career Player of the Week award. He is also the second Mets pitcher to earn the nod this year; Bartolo Colon shared Player of the Week honors with Ben Zobrist two weeks ago.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.