NEW YORK -- Well before Terry Collins turned 66 on Wednesday, Noah Syndergaard gave him the gift of promise. For many, that would have been enough. But then Collins' birthday came, and Syndergaard delivered on that promise in the form of a dominant two-way performance in the Mets' 7-0 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.
By that point, it was Collins who felt he owed his young pitcher something. So he sent Syndergaard out to start the eighth inning. After one out, Syndergaard was removed to the second standing ovation in as many home starts, an applause almost as mammoth as the home run he launched earlier in the game.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.