PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard tried to put his second straight opening-day in perspective but let his emotion show.
"I'm super jacked for it," he said Thursday. "It's just a great feeling, second year, starting opening day and coming out of the gates hot."
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that Syndergaard will start against St. Louis on March 29. The 25-year-old right-hander has a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings over four spring training appearances, striking out 18 and holding hitters to a .152 average.
"It kind of benefits me to just go out there and pretend it's another game," Syndergaard said. "I feel like we kind of put it on this pedestal."
Syndergaard pitched six shutout innings but did not get a decision in last year's opener against Atlanta. He will be the first Mets pitcher to start consecutive openers since Johan Santana pitched in three straight from 2008-10.
"The hype gets a little overwhelming, the same thing with playoff games, wild card games. It's just another game of baseball," Syndergaard said. "You have to put that to the side and just go out there and have fun with it." << Read more
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