Noah Syndergaard Newsbeat
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Zack Wheeler has been throwing bullpen sessions at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, according to multiple sources. They have yet to set a firm schedule, but the righthander’s progress signals that a minor-league rehab assignment could be approaching.
He has thrown off the mound three times, logging just under 30 pitches in his last session on Sunday. It’s an encouraging sign for Wheeler, whose comeback from Tommy John surgery has been derailed by setbacks. He likely will need a full month-long rehab slate. If he begins soon, he could rejoin the rotation by the middle of August.
Saturday, July 09, 2016
There are bad days, and then there are the stomach-turning, waking-nightmare, crawl-under-the-bed-type days that the Mets experienced yesterday.
How terrible was it? Put it this way: Losing Matt Harvey to season-ending surgery was the least of their problems.
Stunning, but true. By the time Friday night’s game against the Nationals began, the Mets already were past the grieving process with Harvey. Little did they realize that saying goodbye to Harvey until 2017 was merely the start. Things would get much worse.
In the fourth inning, team MVP Yoenis Cespedes, apparently injured while chasing a fly ball, had to leave with a strained right quadriceps. And while everyone was trying to process the magnitude of that loss, they were blindsided by what felt like the season’s knockout blow.
That was Noah Syndergaard walking off the mound, flanked by Terry Collins and a trainer, his night abruptly cut short in the fifth inning. After an hour, the team announced that Syndergaard exited with what was described as “arm fatigue,” adding for emphasis that it is not “elbow-related” — a phrase they flashed on the centerfield video screen to hopefully quell panic in the stands.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Sunday, May 29, 2016
What made Syndergaard’s pitch to Utley different?
“The ruling was that he intentionally threw at the batter,” crew chief Tom Hallion told a pool reporter. “And with that, we have a judgment of whether we thought it was intentional. And if it was, we can either warn or eject. And with what happened in that situation, we felt the ejection was warranted.”
Fine. Just tell me why Bush and Hughes were not ejected, along with many other pitchers who have commited similar acts. Just tell me why a ruling on Syndergaard in New York was the complete opposite of the ruling on Bush in Texas.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Also, Scott and Lassus Have Been The Best 1-2 Punch on the Self-Immolation Thread…
The Mets lead in K-BB%, GB%, FIP and xFIP. They trail only the Cubs in ERA and only the Nationals in strikeouts per nine innings. They place 4th in this group in WAR, although that is primarily a function of the fact that they have the fewest innings of the bunch — the Mets have 17 starts from this duo while the other couplings have 19 or 20. This is owing to the fact that Syndergaard has yet to make his tenth start and Matz missed one turn in the rotation.
This is just a snapshot of the present, not a promise of the future, but it is easy to see the Mets duo continuing on this torrid pace, while some of these other pairs are outperforming what we might expect of them. For instance, Cueto and Strasburg are each veterans beating their career ERAs by about one run. Even though Strasburg’s emergence looks sustainable, it’s likely that Cueto is more of a 3.25 ERA pitcher than a 2.38 ERA pitcher. Other pitchers are wildly outperforming their peripherals, most notably Quintana who has a 0.14 HR/9 and is beating his xFIP by over a run, and Hammel who has a 2.17 ERA despite a K-BB% which is actually worse than league average. Even Arrieta, as great as he is, is probably closer to his FIP (2.71) than his ERA (1.72).
As for the young Mets, Syndergaard alone has staked a claim to “best pitcher, non-Kershaw division” by playing 2nd in FIP, 2nd in K-BB%, and 3rd in WAR in this group. Matz, for his part, has pitched to a microscopic 1.13 ERA/2.15 FIP with a sterling 23.2 K-BB% since his one disaster inning in his first start on April 11th.
There is a good argument to be made for most of these duos, although I would probably rank the Dodgers (Kershaw/Maeda), Mets (Syndergaard/Matz) and White Sox (Sale/Quintana) a little ahead of the rest, with the Nationals (Strasburg/Scherzer) as potential spoilers if Scherzer gets back on track.
Nonetheless, you’ve got to be impressed with Syndergaard and Matz, who lead in two other categories I forgot to mention: average fastball velocity (their average of 95.8 mph is more than 2 mph faster than the Cubs) and lowest salaries.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Something to worry about after a fantastic performance by Syndergaard.
There was no chance Syndergaard — who threw 95 pitches — would return to pitch the ninth. Manager Terry Collins later volunteered that Syndergaard had his elbow examined about two weeks ago. But Syndergaard deflected talk of a possible complication.
“It was nothing really — it was all precautionary,” Syndergaard said.
Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
Friday, May 06, 2016
Ignoring the problem — for fear of disrupting his mechanics — shouldn’t be an option, according to former Mets pitcher Bob Ojeda.
“That would be a blockhead approach — not a good approach,” Ojeda told The Post in a phone interview. “Believe me, there are guys who have that mentality. I hope he doesn’t, because every base hit, every walk cannot be a double. You’re not going to win.
“You are going to throw some great games and you are going to lose 3-2, 2-1, 4-3. He will be a very good losing pitcher. It’s very similar to a golfer: I can drive the ball good, I can hit great irons, but if I can’t putt I’m not worth anything. So you have to make adjustments if you want to be a winner and I think that’s what most guys want to be.”
Posted: May 06, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Thor could crush somebody in Times Square and he wouldn’t lose fans.
The Mets flamethrower has teamed up with SportsNet New York for a segment where he hits the street of New York City dressed as Thor.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Maybe he should take off his necklace in the future.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Perceived Velocity is a great addition for our understanding of the game.
That Syndergaard appears is hardly a shock—after all, he lit up radar guns in his first start this year and his 97.4 mph average fastball led starting pitchers in 2015. Of course, he’s also listed as 6-foot-6, and his extension of just under 7 feet was third among starters, behind only Michael Wacha and John Lamb. That helped his perceived velocity look like 98.4 mph, because a hard pitch thrown from closer to the plate will, of course, seem harder.
Fernandez’s return from Tommy John surgery couldn’t have gone better, as his 96.4 mph four-seamer was the fourth-hardest of any starter, behind Syndergaard, Eovaldi, and Yordano Ventura. His extension of 6 1/2 feet isn’t quite what Syndergaard gets, but it’s still above average, and that combination is how his plate time is just under four-tenths of a second. Good luck trying to hit that.
It may not sound like much of a difference between elite and below-average. In real-world terms, it may not be much. But in baseball terms, that fraction of a second can mean everything. Scientific studies have shown that it takes, at best, 0.215 seconds for a hitter to look, think, decide and act—that’s begin to swing, not fully swing—which is more than half the time the ball is actually in the air against baseball’s best. Seconds, or more accurately, tiny fractions of a second, count for a lot.I
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Don’t think the possibility hasn’t crossed Syndergaard’s mind. All he has to do is look down the row of lockers next to him and see that Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler all have undergone reconstructive surgery. And Syndergaard throws harder than any of them.
I asked Syndergaard whether he was worried about becoming the next Tommy John surgery victim. It was obvious the thought had already occurred to him.
“Everyone is afraid of it. You don’t want to lose a whole season,” Syndergaard said. “But a part of me wants to believe [surgery] can be prevented.”
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