Former Mets RHP Doc Gooden weighed in on Noah Syndergaard's new training regimen, saying it's a good thing he has decided to refocus on being flexible rather than building muscle.
"Most pitchers, you like to see them more flexilble than big," Gooden said. "Pitching is about flexibility."
Gooden added that Syndergaard wanting to get bigger, stronger, and throw harder before last season should have been a red flag.
"I thought that should've been a red flag for an organization right there," Gooden said. "Because here's a guy who's throwing 98, 100. He don't need to throw any harder. You just learn how to use your stuff, learn how to use bat speeds, learn to understand changing speeds."
On the idea of 'bullpening' -- teams placing a greater emphasis on taking starting pitchers out earlier while relying on relievers -- Gooden (who tossed 16 complete games in 1985) said the mindset in baseball has changed dramatically since his playing career.
"We had the mindset coming out of spring training that we were building our arm strength to go nine," Gooden said. "And if you didn't go nine, you'd be disappointed in yourself. At least seven, eight innings. If you went five or six innings, to us it was a disappointment."