March 3, 2014

Mets Syndergaard Makes Short Work of Braves Hitters

After his first big league action last week against his own team Noah Syndergaard finally made his much anticipated debut against the Atlanta Braves today. And he did not disappoint. Noah kept the Braves to one hit in two scoreless innings in a 30 pitch effort.

Said Ryan Doumit who was the lone man to get a hit off the big righty "You're seeing 97, 98 mph in the fifth game of spring training that's pretty impressive that they have arms like that over there. I haven't seen anything like that this spring. I didn't know anything about the kid coming into today, but I sure won't forget his name now."

In the first inning Jason Hayward ran the count full until he blew 98mph of heat past him and got him swinging. He then retired both brothers Upton with fly balls. In the second inning he struck out Evan Gattis on three fastballs before surrendering his only hit to Doumit after a nine pitch at bat.

"That's a lot of weight coming off my shoulders right there," Syndergaard said.

For the most part Twitter was fairly quiet today in regards to Noah's progression into the big leagues as opposed to last week when the "experts" (sarcasm) were calling for him to be on the roster opening day and that is good. This kid needs to get his time in, his reps, understand what is going to be expected of him when he gets the call. And more importantly, a good strong start in AAA to build confidence so that he comes firing out of the gate after the all star break. At any rate, its exciting.
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