March 13, 2014

Today Could Be Syndergaard's Last Grapefruit Appearance

When he toes the rubber this afternoon, Noah Syndergaard could be making his last appearance with the big league squad until some time later this summer. He's expected to split today's game against the Nationals with expected fifth starter, Daisuke Matsuzaka.  As a result, Syndergaard will likely pitch at least four innings.

To date this spring, Syndergaard has thrown five innings during which he has allowed three hits and two runs while walking three and striking out five.  His first outing was much more impressive than his latest, as he struggled with command.  Nonetheless, Syndergaard appears very close to major league ready having show impressive stuff against major league hitters in the past few weeks

There was some home amongst fans that he would break camp with the team, but that has always remained unlikely.  The most likely scenarios sees Syndergaard arrive with the Mets in either late June or early July following the passing of the Super-Two deadline.  This ensures that the Mets maintain control of the young hurler as long as possible.  Syndergaard too seems resigned to the fact, having told the NY Post:

“I know it’s inevitable. With the finances and everything, I understand it’s a game,
 but it’s also a business.”

Until then, Syndergaard will be shipped to AAA Vegas where he can cut his teeth in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.  He is yet to pitch at the Triple-A level, so this is the logical next step.  The tougher competition should better prepare him for his eventual promotion to Queens later this season.
Unfortunately, today's game is neither televised nor broadcast on the radio, so if you're looking to follow the outing the internet will be your best bet.  The Mets are expected to make additional cuts on Monday.  While it is not certain, that could be the day Syndergaard is sent to minor league camp for the remainder of Spring Training.

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