Noah Syndergaard made a terrific first impression in his first spring game, giving up one hit in two scoreless innings Monday, while simultaneously impressing the Braves.
“I didn’t know anything about the kid coming into today, but I sure won’t forget his name now,” Braves C Ryan Doumit told reporters. “You can add that guy to the list of young power arms that they have coming up. It’s pretty impressive. He obviously came in ready to compete.”
Syndergaard is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. Similar to how Sandy Alderson handled Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, Syndergaard will likely be promoted this summer after the estimated Super 2 deadline, which will keep him from reaching salary arbitration after two full seasons.
“He takes stuff seriously,” Terry Collins said after the game (Daily News, Mar. 4). “He is not joking around. He didn’t joke around even when he came out of the game.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Look, you know the drill, we’ve been through it with Harvey and we’ve been through it with Wheeler. You know this front office and how they view value today as opposed to value tomorrow. Syndergaard is going to go through the same. He’s not going to make the team out of spring training. Yet, there will still be fans and media that insist Syndergaard should be on the Opening Day roster.
For what it’s worth, pretty much every team in baseball is doing the same with their top, can’t-miss prospects. In the last few years, the Rays delayed Evan Longoria, the Reds did it with Jay Bruce, the Giants held back Buster Posey, and the Nationals held back Bryce Harper, not to mention Alderson with Wheeler and Harvey. Basically, it guarantees the player is under team control longer and it puts off their eventual pay day, which means more financial flexibility in the short term. I’m sure the Yankees would do the same… if they had any top prospects worth promoting.
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The Mets (1-3) beat the Braves (0-6-1) by a score of 6-2 on Monday in Orlando.
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Noah Syndergaard allowed one hit and struck out two in his two innings of work.
Jeurys Familia and Miguel Socolovich each turned in two innings of scoreless baseball, while Josh Edgin walked two in his inning of work, but escaped unscathed.
Ryan Reid allowed two earned runs on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch. Gonzalez Germen pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning.
Wilmer Flores hit a sacrifice fly to score Juan Lagares in the 4th inning. Dustin Lawley hit an RBI single in the top of the 9th to score Andrew Brown.
Cory Vaughn hit a two-run double in the 9th to break the tie. Matt den Dekker and Eric Campbell added RBI singles for insurance.
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The Mets host the Astros at Tradition Field on Tuesday for a 1:10 p.m. game.
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Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I have no idea what the Opening Day lineup, infield, outfield or bench is going to look like, because it’s too early in camp.
The battle between Lucas Duda and Ike Davis is still in full swing; Eric Young Jr.’s role is still a bit of a mystery; and shortstop is totally up in the air, especially since there is still a good chance M’s SS Nick Franklin or free-agent SS Stephen Drew end up in camp.
That said, the pitching staff is becoming a bit more clear, though there is still a lot that could change in the next few weeks.
Right now, as I write this, I’d bet on the following:
The rotation is almost certainly going to be Jon Niese on Opening Day, followed by Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and either Daisuke Matsuzaka or John Lannan.
In reading between the lines, and based on what I’m hearing from people in camp, I’d say Jose Valverde and Jenrry Mejia will join Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Carlos Torres and Scott Rice in the bullpen. The big fight is probably going to be between Jeurys Familia and a second left-handed reliever, most likely Josh Edgin. It’s sounding to me like Jack Leathersich is ticketed for Triple-A, where he’ll be charged with working more on his command in advance of a mid-season call up.
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Noah Syndergaard will make his Grapefruit League debut at 1:05 p.m. today against Freddy Garcia and the Braves at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.
The game will not be on TV, but can he heard live on WOR 710 AM radio.
Jacob deGrom, Miguel Socolovich, Gonzalez Germen, Josh Edgin and Jeff Walters also are scheduled to pitch for the Mets.
The Mets will test MLB’s new instant replay at Tradition Field on March 7, 15, 18 and 23.
Last summer, MLB unanimously approved the expansion of instant replay, which will be in effect for the 2014 Championship Season and the 2014 Postseason.
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Jon Niese said his shoulder felt good after throwing a bullpen session Monday (Santucci, Mar 3).
“Night and day difference,” said Niese, who returned to camp this past weekend.
Niese told reporters his shoulder and tricep were fine following last week’s MRI in New York.
Matt Harvey again did light throwing with Travis d’Arnaud at Tradition Field in St. Lucie late Monday morning.
He began tossing a baseball last week for the first time since having Tommy John surgery last summer.
11:50 am: Harvey will again throw tomorrow, marking his first time going on back-to-back days this spring (Ackert, Mar. 3).
Andrew Vazzano, SNY.tv
I know, I know… This season isn’t supposed to be about Harvey, but it’s still fascinating to get a peek behind the rehab curtain.
It’s rare you get to see a player working on his arm strength, long-tossing and putting a little power behind a few throws, but that’s what he was doing. Harvey popped d’Arnaud’s glove a few times, which was a sight for sore eyes and a sound to hope for.