Syndergaard Takes His Turn on Mound in Brooklyn

Published on: 8th September, 2017

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Today was an important day for the New York Mets, medically and symbolically, as important as any day could be considering their major league season has essentially been over for more than a month. On this day, two of the biggest reasons for the Mets falling out of contention by the All-Star break, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard, who also happen to be the biggest symbols of any future success, took important steps to prove to their teammates, organizations, and themselves that they can return from serious injuries. 

Unfortunately, Harvey and Syndergaard have not toed the rubber often enough to impact on the Mets’ pennant- winning aspirations in 2017.  But, in separate attempts to prove they have overcome their serious injuries to be counted on for next season, Harvey started a game at Citi Field against the Cincinnati Reds while Syndergaard threw his second rehabilitation start in the minor leagues, this time for the Brooklyn Cyclones out at MCU Park, situated right along the beach in Coney Island.  

The two once and future aces of the acclaimed Mets pitching staff have been on the beach, figuratively speaking, for most of the season. Harvey, recovering from thoracic syndrome, and a fracture to his clavicle, and Syndergaard, trying to come back from a torn right latissimus muscle, didn’t have to pitch anymore in this lost season but both chose to get on the mound in September to pitch in nothing-burger games, hoping to end this disappointing season on a high note while building hopes for a healthier 2018. 

Syndegaard, the Mets’ former All-Star pitcher, who has been on the disabled list since being injured April 30, hopes his next appearance will be a return to the major leagues before the season is done in three weeks.

“I don’t want to let 10 months go by without competing in a big league baseball game,” Syndergaard said after throwing 36 pitches in a two-inning outing in which he topped out at 100 mph on the speed gun, according to a team source.

“Guys that go that route, it takes them a little time to get back going and knock the rust off. I want to go out there and prove I can come back from injury after four months.”

Both dugouts in Brooklyn, who was hosting the Trenton Yankees, gathered on the top steps of their respective dugouts, the likelihood this would be the closest most of these young players will come to sharing a baseball field with a major leaguer.

Syndegaard showed his rust.  

He had a longer-than-necessary first inning. After walking Staten Island’s leadoff hitter, Andy Diaz, on seven pitches, Syndergaard threw a 1-2 fastball that Wilkerman Garcia lined into right field. It should have been caught, but Cyclones right-fielder Wagner LaGrange was too shallow, which allowed the ball to sail over his head. Garcia wound up with a run-scoring triple.

Syndergaard struck out the next two hitters on seven pitches before ending the inning by getting a grounder to first base. He threw 21 pitches in the opening frame, 16 for strikes. He allowed another run in the second inning on a run-scoring double by Diaz, who was thrown out trying to reach third. Syndergaard, who upped his velocity, threw 15 pitches in the second inning, 10 for strikes.

He will have to pitch better than he did Thursday to prove he’s ready. Afterwards, he said his command was “crap” and he got fatigued during the second inning. He wound up throwing 36 pitches, 26 for strikes. He allowed three runs on three hits, walked two and struck out two. His velocity was in the mid-90s.

“I felt pretty good,” Syndergaard said. “I got out there and tried to do a little too much and let the anxiety of being in an actual game get to me a little bit. But overall, I thought it was a step in the right direction.”

“It’s been tough to watch,” said Syndergaard, referring to the Mets season as it has unfolded. He was 1-2 with 3.29 ERA at the time of his injury. “I’ve tried to stay positive and be a good teammate.”

“Whether it’s coming out of the bullpen or being a starter, I just want to get out there and prove I can stay healthy,” Syndergaard said.

Though Syndergaard said he was “disappointed” with how he felt Thursday night, he pronounced himself ready to return to the big leagues, proving at least one Met isn’t ready to call it a season.

 

Syndergaard talks to press after his Brooklyn outing yesterday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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