New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his spring training debut on Friday against the Houston Astros.
Syndergaard threw 20 of 29 pitches for strikes, walking two batters and allowing one hit. His fastball hit 98 mph while it hovered in the high 90s.
"I feel comfortable throwing all four pitches even though I didn't throw any curveballs," Syndergaard told reporters following his outing, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.
"Change-up was real good, slider looked real sharp as well," Syndergaard added. "Fastball command was a little erratic, but that's kind of expected in the first go-through. ... I think right now, with the way my change-up is at, it has potential to be my best swing-and-miss pitch."
He is 23-16 with a 2.89 ERA since joining the Mets in the spring of 2015. Last season, Syndergaard, 24, went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA, striking out 218 batters in 183 2/3 innings.
Syndergaard is the first of the Mets' regular starting pitchers to make their Grapefuit League debuts. Jacob deGrom will pitch on Saturday, Matt Harvey on Sunday and Steven Matz on Monday.
On another topic, Syndergaard said he had no regrets about skipping the World Baseball Classic. "Nope, not one bit," Syndergaard said. "Because I am a Met. Nobody makes it to the Hall of Fame or won a World Series playing in the WBC."