Noah Syndergaard's rise to stardom started with David Wright and a lunch incident last spring, according to the New York Daily News' John Harper. However, he is now one of the most intimidating pitchers on the team.
"I feel like most people think I'm kind of a quiet guy, but when I'm on the mound, I want to be as intimidating as possible," Syndergaard said Thursday. "It's an important weapon that I need to be successful."
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling will be broadcasting their 10th season together in 2016.
In the New York Post, Justin Terranova talks with the trio about their relationship on air and how it all started.
The Mets traded Jon Niese to the Pirates for 2B Neil Walker this past December. Niese told Pittsburgh reporters that he's happy to no longer be part of New York's six-man rotation.
"I was never a fan," Niese said. "You just never really got into a groove or a nice routine. … They think the longer you go without throwing, the more rest you'll get and the better you'll feel. For me, that really wasn't the case."
Manager Terry Collins would much rather have high expectations than live through what the team experienced in previous seasons.
"Does anybody in this room think this is a tougher seat than it was last year, sitting in this chair?" Collins said, drawing laughter from the reporters in the room. "I would have to disagree. I love expectations. I think they're great."
Mets 22-year-old outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo recently suffered a partially torn tendon in his foot, which raises the question, "Does he have a bright future with the Mets?" asks Grading on the Curve's Matt Schoettler.
"With five professional seasons under his belt, Nimmo needs to take a big step forward in 2016, because Mets fans are starting to lose faith in him," Schoettler writes. "The foot injury does not help his chances out of the gate. Due to the lack of production, Nimmo looks more like a flop than someone with a bright MLB future. Only time will tell."
I think Schoettler is being a bit harsh, and I've never been 100 percent sold on Nimmo being an everyday player. But I'm also not ready to say he's on a track toward being a flop. I agree Nimmo hasn't developed the way people expected when he was drafted in 2011, especially his power. Right now, after four seasons, he's just a career .268 hitter, and though he gets on base, I don't see him becoming the 15-20 home run hitter that the Mets felt they drafted. Instead, he's looking more like a leadoff hitter with a good OBP and the potential to steal a noteworthy number of bases.
Nimmo was last seen a couple of weeks ago wearing a walking boot. I am not sure how he's doing right now. But, he should be able to get in a full season despite the the tendon injury. He's 22. He fits a profile the Mets could use on the roster. It'll be an important season for him as he's getting closer and closer to being ready for the big leagues.