News broke yesterday that Noah Syndergaard won't be pitching to Wilson Ramos during his Wednesday afternoon start in Colorado. Instead, Rene Rivera will make the start behind the plate, and manager Mickey Callaway explained why.
"It sounds like he's gonna catch him," Callaway said, confirming MLB.com's report. "We feel that's probably going to be the best thing with this night game-day game in this altitude. We think that Noah is going to pitch well with him. So we'll probably go that route tomorrow."
Callaway added that there are "a lot of circumstances" that has Rivera behind the plate, with the quick turnaround from a night game to day game being one of them. Ramos is going to get the start tonight to catch Marcus Stroman.
Mets fans are full aware by now of the Ramos-Syndergaard situation that SNY's Andy Martino confirmed back at the beginning of the month. Syndergaard had voiced his frustrations with having to pitch to Ramos, and preferred Tomas Nido or Rivera behind the plate instead.
That didn't happen against the Dodgers this past Friday, though, when Ramos caught Syndergaard on the Citi Field mound. "Thor" didn't have his best outing, allowing four runs on five hits, including a three-run homer that opened the game up for Los Angeles.
With the Mets needing to put together a run to keep themselves in the Wild Card race, having solid starts from their rotation is key. So, though Callaway didn't mention it, having Syndergaard as comfortable as possible behind the plate tomorrow was probably in those circumstances.
"Where we're at right now, we need Noah to pitch well and we needed him to pitch well last time," he said. "We thought that that was going to be the combo that did it [last Friday] with a lefty starting and everything against us. So we try to do that every time, put ourselves in the best position to succeed.
"He has a comfortability level with both of them obviously so it's not just about that. We're trying to win a game."
And how did Syndergaard react when Callaway told him who he was throwing to?
"He was fine with it," Callaway said. "He's going to go out there and pitch no matter who's out there."