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Mets starter Noah Syndergaard couldn't come away with his third win of the season, as the Braves did just enough to tie the game before his exit. 

Atlanta got on the board first as Ozzie Albies turned on a 100-mph fastball from Syndergaard, and lifted it over the right-center field wall for his sixth home run on the year. 

Syndergaard didn't allow a run in the second and third innings, and that could have been the case in the fourth as well. However, Jay Bruce misjudged a line drive to right from Ryan Flaherty, and it soared over his head for an RBI double to cut the Mets' lead to one...

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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | For most of Monday's 8-6 loss to Washington, the Mets dazzled both the crowd and their opponents. From Jacob deGrom's masterful pitching to his safety squeeze in the sixth, from Juan Lagares' pair of stolen bases to Brandon Nimmo's latest triple, the team danced all over the Nationals, and looked capable of contending for a division title.

Then came the eighth inning, when the bullpen, so masterful this month, couldn't find the strike zone. The sequence ended with Jeurys Familia's first blown save of the year, ruining what could have been a magical evening. When Asdrubal Cabrera made the incomprehensible decision to dash for third with one out in the ninth, the loss turned from disappointing to ghastly.

The Mets have built up enough goodwill with their fans and in the standings to withstand a tough game, but this defeat was hardly meaningless. It arrested momentum and halted a sense of growing excitement around the team...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Apr 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard's filthy stuff and the frigid/windy weather conditions at Citi Field on Sunday led to some hysterically bad swings from the Brewers.

Thor struck out 11 Brewers in 5.1 innings -- including eight-straight at one point. He induced 25 swings-and-misses, with many being of the flailing variety. Travis Shaw was made to look foolish on an 89 MPH changeup, and jokingly tweeted at Syndergaard after the game, asking him to ease up.

Click below to see Syndergaard's exchange with Shaw...

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Apr 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard tossed 101 pitches and allowed one unearned run, while striking out 11 batters in 5 1/3 innings, during Sunday's 3-2 win against the Brewers at Citi Field.

"I feel like this is finally a step in the right direction," Syndergaard told reporters after the game. "I finally got a glimpse of what I'm capable of. I felt like my first three starts were not up to par. I feel like this is close to dominance."

That's an understatement. Sunday, he looked smooth and dominant... like a young Doc Gooden

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/15 00:03:45
Ron Darling and Gary Cohen break down the Mets? 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Wilmer Flores launched a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Mets to their ninth win in 10 games. The Brewers bullpen had retired 11 of the previous 12 batters before the homer.

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For most of the offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he was happy with the team's starting pitching depth. Most, including yours truly, felt there were far too many 'ifs' as part of that depth, and implored Alderson to sign a starting pitcher. Eventually, he did -- inking LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal. Fast forward a few months...

The Mets are fresh off the first-ever rotation turn of the once known 'five aces' -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler.

Vargas, who suffered a fractured bone during spring training that required surgery to his right (non-throwing) hand, is close to a return -- potentially in about 10 days...

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Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

In what was his first start of the season, Zack Wheeler (1-0) allowed one run during seven innings, while striking out seven batters and helping the Mets (10-1) to their eighth-straight win.

Wheeler's first pitch Wednesday night marked the first time ever that he, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz (the heralded Fab Five) all made consecutive starts.

"Everybody is healthy," said Wheeler, who is the team's first starting pitcher this season to get a batter out in a seventh inning. "It's nice to get a turn around. ... Hopefully we can keep it going."

The closest the five pitchers came to making consecutive starts was during June, 2015.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Should Thor cut his mane? 00:04:03
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate whether Noah Syndergaard should get a haircut and if Josh Rosen will end up in NY.

Noah Syndergaard said the main annoyance for him during Monday night's start against the Marlins was his hair whipping in his face.

SNY's Loud Mouths discussed in the video above, and Thor retweeted our article/video earlier Wednesday with a 'thinking' emoji. He then put it to a poll.

Click below for the tweets...

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Should Thor cut his mane? 00:04:03
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate whether Noah Syndergaard should get a haircut and if Josh Rosen will end up in NY.

Noah Syndergaard said the main annoyance for him during Monday night's start against the Marlins was his hair whipping in his face.

Jacob deGrom cut his long locks before the season. So, is it time for Syndergaard to do the same?

SNY's Loud Mouths discuss in the video above...

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Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Noah Syndergaard battled through a blister on his right index and middle fingers during Monday night's win against the Marlins in Miami.

During the game, Syndergaard was seen in the dugout consulting with a trainer and pitching coach Dave Eiland, all of whom were closely inspecting his fingers.

"I've always kinda dealt with blisters my entire career," Syndergaard explained after the game. "It didn't really bother me (tonight). It just doesn't look very good, but it's not painful."

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard battled through a blister on his right index finger in his win over the Marlins on Monday.

Syndergaard was rolling to start his outing, but command issues showed late in the game. He would be seen in the dugout consulting with a trainer and pitching coach Dave Eiland, while point to his finger. 

However, unlike his previous start against the Phillies, Syndergaard was extremely efficient in this one. He set down six straight to start the game off, which included two strikeouts...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:44
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-2 win over the Marlins on Monday night in Miami.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard was dominant early before stumbling over his final two innings. The right-hander breezed through four scoreless frames, but was tagged for single runs in the fifth and sixth when he tossed 44 of his 90 pitches. Syndergaard (2-0) was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on five hits, two walks and a hit batsman with five strikeouts in six innings. 

2) Adrian Gonzalez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second. The Mets added another on Kevin Plawecki's double-play groundout. Jay Bruce chipped in with a run-scoring single in the third and Amed Rosario did the same in the seventh.

3) The Mets' bullpen continued to shine, tossing three scoreless innings in relief. Jeurys Familia allowed a pair of hits in the ninth but struck out three, including two straight with runners on second and third to end the game, to notch his Major League-leading fifth save.

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrates with New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrates with New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets open a three-game series against the Marlins in Miami on Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets are 7-1 through their first eight games for the third time in franchise history. They began 8-1 in both 2006 and 1985. ... The Mets' 358 OBP is the third-best in baseball. ... The Mets have four come-from-behind wins so far this season. ... Over their last 24 innings, Mets relievers have allowed just two runs. 

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 (Julie Jacobson)
(Julie Jacobson)

Manager Mickey Callaway said RHP Zack Wheeler will make his first major league start of the season on Wednesday, meaning the Mets' "five aces" will make their first turn through the rotation.

The Mets' group of Noah SyndergaardJacob deGrom, Wheeler, Steven Matz and Matt Harvey will start consecutively for the first time ever.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterI get that people are excited to see this group finally together in a rotation. But, I can't give in to the hype. Not that I'm not excited, but honestly, all I really care about is a rotation that gets the job done. And if this rotation does that, that's a fantastic thing. I wish Lugo had a chance to actually pitch in the rotation, but he has been phenomenal in the bullpen -- as we saw and has already been written about...

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(Seth Wenig/AP)

After an hour and 35 minute rain delay, Noah Syndergaard had a sharp first inning against the Phillies but struggled with his efficiency in the three innings that followed.

Overall, Syndergaard allowed two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out seven in 4.0 innings. He threw 92 pitches (57 strikes) and left for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 4th with the game tied, 2-2.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Syndergaard wasn't himself after the first inning as he struggled with his command and had trouble putting hitters away. But he was also done in by shoddy defense and a missed call behind him...

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Mickey Callaway on his bullpen 00:05:13
Mickey Callaway discusses his bullpen's performance and the Mets' 4-2 win over the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Amed Rosario went 2-for-3 with a two-out, two-run triple that scored Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores to snap a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth. Yoenis Cespedes opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, his second of the season.

2) Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts, but he needed 92 pitches to get through four innings. 

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) takes a lead off first against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1st inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) takes a lead off first against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1st inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After a rain delay, the Mets will wrap up their rain-shortened two game series against the Phillies on Wednesday at 2:45 p.m., exclusively on Facebook. SNY will re-air the game at 8 p.m.

The Mets are 39-19 against the Phillies since the start of the 2015 season. ... The Mets have hit 102 home runs against the Phillies since the start of the 2015 season -- the most home runs any team has hit against an opponent during that span. 

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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets staring pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets staring pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Due to Monday night's snowed out game, the Mets will be skipping Seth Lugo's turn in the rotation, the team announced.

Lugo had initially been scheduled to pitch on Tuesday against the Phillies, but Monday night's scheduled starter Matt Harvey will be making that start instead.

Noah Syndergaard will start Wednesday against the Phillies, and Jacob deGrom will start against the Nationals on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

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Jul 17, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard (34) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Both pitchers threw pitches in the outfield before the start of the game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 17, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard (34) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Both pitchers threw pitches in the outfield before the start of the game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard is excited about what teammate Matt Harvey will do this season.

"And I gotta say … watch out for Matt Harvey," Syndergaard wrote in a piece for The Athletic. "I really feel like he's back to his 2013 self in terms of his aggression and his attitude. We all know how good his stuff is, but it's been a tough few years for him - what, with the Tommy John, the thoracic outlet syndrome and the scapula fracture."

In a wide-ranging article, Syndergaard also wrote about how he originally wanted to play soccer, becoming a true New Yorker, learning how to become a pitcher instead of a thrower, and his aggressive nature on the mound.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) and thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) are greeted by teammates on the field after the 9th inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) and thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) are greeted by teammates on the field after the 9th inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Toward the end of our marathon pregame broadcast yesterday on SNY, the Baseball Night in New York crew batted around the question of "what would it take for the Mets to surprise this year?"

It's obvious that the team needs dominant starting pitching if it hopes to contend, so I suggested that a true key to their playoff hopes lies in a less obvious place -- the offense. If the Mets want to be relevant all summer, their lineup needs to be solid and competent, enough to help the excellent top half of the rotation, and high-ceiling bullpen.

The Mets won't be able to compete with the depth and quality of the position players suiting up for the Cubs, Nationals, or Dodgers but they can win plenty games in a weak division if their patchwork lineup delivers on its modest potential.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets scored nine runs (without the benefit of a homer!) while beating the Cardinals, 9-4, on Opening Day yesterday at Citi Field. Here are three takeaways from the game...

Thor was electric, despite allowing four runs

Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs on six hits, walking none and striking out 10 in six innings, while throwing 85 pitches (59 strikes). He probably had one more inning in him, but with the cold conditions and the game pretty much in hand, Mickey Callaway lifted him...

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Callaway, Syndrgaard talk win 00:03:51
Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses the feeling of his first win, and Noah Syndergaard discusses the ups and downs of his strong outing.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway is off to the start he wanted, as his team took the Opening Day win over the Cardinals, 9-4, at Citi Field on Thursday. 

"I think that is big," Callaway told the media after the game. "Obviously you want to get all of the firsts out of the way and getting on base, getting a hit, a good walk, I mean we did kind of all of that today. So I am sure the guys are going to go home happy tonight and enjoy the off day and be ready to go the next day."

Callaway sent RHP Noah Syndergaard to the mound for his second consecutive Opening Day start, and he took home the win after six innings of work. He may have been shaking off some more rust with two homers allowed -- a two-run shot off the foul pole in left to C Yadier Molina in the second, and a solo jack by 1B Jose Martinez in the sixth.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:52
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' Opening Day win over the Cardinals.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Syndergaard (1-0) allowed four runs on six hits and no walks while tossing 85 pitches -- 59 for strikes -- in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven of the first 11 batters he faced, including five straight in the second and third. He allowed two homers -- a solo blast to Jose Martinez and a two-run shot to Yadier Molina.

2) Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs on a pair of singles and Amed Rosario finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Brandon Nimmo singled twice, walked, reached on an error and scored two runs. Jay Bruce had an RBI single during the Mets' five-run fifth and walked twice. Kevin Plawecki reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:52
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' Opening Day win over the Cardinals.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Syndergaard (1-0) allowed four runs on six hits and no walks while tossing 85 pitches -- 59 for strikes -- in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven of the first 11 batters he faced, including five straight in the second and third. He allowed two homers -- a solo blast to Jose Martinez and a two-run shot to Yadier Molina.

2) Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs on a pair of singles and Amed Rosario finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Brandon Nimmo singled twice, walked, reached on an error and scored two runs. Jay Bruce had an RBI single during the Mets' five-run fifth and walked twice. Kevin Plawecki reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

There were a couple blemishes, but Mets Opening Day starter Noah Syndergaard was electric in his first start of the season. 

"Thor" began his 2018 campaign with a strikeout of Cardinals RF Dexter Fowler, and he made it a 1-2-3 inning with two groundouts afterward. However, after allowing a single, Yadier Molina hit one off the foul pole to give the Cards a 2-1 lead. 

Syndergaard, though, would settle down after the second inning. He struck out the side in the third, and after allowing a run in the fourth, he secured another perfect inning in the fifth. His last mistake came in the sixth inning when Jose Martinez launched a homer to left-center field off a hanging breaking ball. 

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Syndergaard sits down with Gelbs 00:02:06
Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard sits down with Steve Gelbs to preview his Opening Day start against the Cardinals.

The Mets open the season at Citi Field against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets have one of the best Opening Day records in baseball history, winning more than 62 percent of their games. ... They have won their last three Opening Day games, and five of their last six. 

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz spoke at Citi Field on Wednesday about Opening Day and expectations for 2018.

Callaway revealed the Opening Day lineup, which has some interesting quirks >> CLICK HERE to read more

Click below to watch the entirety of Wednesday's press conferences from Citi Field...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard, who will start Opening Day tomorrow at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, said it's important for the team to get off to a hot start.

"I think it's pretty crucial for us to come out of the gates hot and really prove to a lot of people that we're here to compete," Syndergaard said on Wednesday. "We're gonna have a hell of a year, and we're just gonna go out there and play classic Mets baseball."

Syndergaard doesn't have a specific goal stats-wise, but said he would like to reach the 200-inning mark -- as Jacob deGrom did in 2017.

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

How pumped are you for Opening Day?! Extremely, right? Well, the players are too, and seeing it has just made me even more excited.

Yesterday, the team left Port St. Lucie to make their return home to New York. Thanks to social media, we were all able to experience this travel with them. Click below for some of the gems for you to see for the first time if you missed it yesterday, or just to relive it and get even more excited for Opening Day against the Cardinals -- Thursday at 1 p.m. on SNY!

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

It's easy to be in constant freak-out mode when rooting for and writing daily about the Mets. However, I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge that - for the moment - the Mets have depth and an entirely healthy pitching staff.

I'm including Jason Vargas because, though he'll begin the season on the disabled list, he is expected to miss just one or two starts recovering from a minor surgery on his non-throwing hand. The truth is, according to people close to the team, if Vargas had suffered a similar injury during a pennant race, he'd be pitching through the pain, and be only limited at bat and as a fielder.

This is not the case for most contending teams around the National League.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 28, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks over the field before the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 28, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks over the field before the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Following the Mets' final Grapefruit League game of the spring, Mets manager Mickey Callaway confirmed the official starting rotation to open the regular season and announced that Philip Evans and Jacob Rhame have made the team's opening day roster.

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Sep 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Giants have been hit hard by injuries to their starting rotation, losing LHP Madison Bumgarner to a broken left hand that will reportedly keep him out until mid-May or June in a best-case scenario. They will also be without RHP Jeff Samardzija for at least three-to-four weeks due to a pectoral strain.

The above is why Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com thinks the Giants could reach out to the Mets in an effort to trade for a starting pitcher. However, Morosi notes that the Mets remain unlikely to deal from their starting pitching depth.

With Zack Wheeler beginning the season with Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets' starting rotation will be Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, and Seth Lugo.

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Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)
Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)

When I first started writing this article, the focus was on the fifth starter spot. Everyone was assuming that the role would go to Steven Matz or Zack Wheeler. But now, with the minor Jason Vargas injury, there are two spots in the rotation to fill. So, no need to discuss who gets these spots, right? 

If you're nodding your head yes, I think you're wrong.

I have seen a lot of people talking about how we're going to see the "dream rotation" this season -- a rotation that we have been waiting to for quite a few seasons now, made up of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Matz, and Wheeler.

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BNNY: Mets' five aces 00:06:04
The Mets are likely to start the season with Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz in the rotation.

It should first be pointed out that at this point, the "five aces" moniker is more of a reference to what the five pitchers listed below were supposed to be -- not what they are now.

But with the uncertainty surrounding Jason Vargas, the Mets' "five aces" -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz -- may be lined up to make a turn through the rotation together for the first time ever.

Syndergaard, deGrom, and Harvey were always locks for the rotation. And now that Vargas is likely to miss at least one start due to surgery to his non-throwing hand, Matz and Wheeler are expected to slot into the rotation for the first week of the season...

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Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHPs Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are the best 1-2 rotation combination in baseball, writes Manny Randhawa for MLB.com.

The Nationals' 1-2 of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg is ranked 2nd.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Scherzer has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball over the last two seasons, and one of the best over the last five. And Strasburg has been quite awesome since breaking in in 2010. But with the stuff Syndergaard possesses -- and the way he was dominating prior to his lat injury last season -- it's fair to believe he has the most potential of any pitcher in the game. And when you pair that with deGrom, it's hard to not pick them as the best duo in the majors...

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets beat O's 00:02:10
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard comments on his win today against the Orioles and how his low pitch count helped him go the distance.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven innings, Travis d'Arnaud hit his second homer of the spring, and the Mets held on to beat the Orioles on Sunday, 5-4.

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Mar 13, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 13, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard limited the Orioles to one run on eight hits in seven innings on Sunday in Sarasota.

Syndergaard struck out five, did not walk a batter, and lowered his spring training ERA to 1.35 in what was his longest start of the spring.

 

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Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

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.

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Syndergaard starts Opening Day 00:00:35
Mets manager Mickey Callaway named Noah Syndergaard as the Opening Day starter, with Jacob deGrom pitching the second game of the season.

Noah Syndergaard will start for the Mets on Opening Day against the Cardinals at Citi Field on March 29, with Jacob deGrom starting the second game of the season on March 31, manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday.

DeGrom, who made his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday, is slightly behind schedule due to a lower back issue that made the math for an Opening Day start an impossibility.

Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland said recently that the Mets wouldn't make an exception and rush deGrom, whose schedule means his final Grapefruit League start falls on March 26 -- putting him on four-days rest for the second game of the season.

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Syndergaard on Tuesday start 00:02:52
Noah Syndergaard talks about Monday?s start, potentially facing the Astros in the World Series, and quotes ?Forgetting Sarah Marshall.?

Noah Syndergaard was strong and Brandon Nimmo homered as the Mets' split squad lost to the Astros, 6-1, on Tuesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.

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Things you should know about today's game...

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Mar 13, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 13, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking three and striking out five in 4.2 innings against the Astros on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie.

Syndergaard likely would've escaped the outing unscored upon, but Jose Reyes made an error on a probable double-play ball in the third inning that led to two runs.

After the game, Syndergaard said one of his main focuses has been his mental approach with runners on base.

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Class Clown or Student of Game? 00:02:52
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is often recognized for his sense of humor but he also has a more serious side.

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is often recognized for his sense of humor but he also has a more serious side.

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Callaway, Eiland talk pitching 00:09:23
SNY's Nelson Figueroa sits down with Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland to talk pitching in Port St. Lucie.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland will likely need to convert at least one starting pitcher to a relief role between now and Opening Day. And they recently discussed that process with SNY.

"I think you have to do it sooner rather than later for a couple of reasons," Eiland said. "Obviously, you have to condition that pitcher -- condition his body, his arm. And most importantly, condition his mind. He's used to being in his every-five-day routine. ... and now you have to condition him to pitch every other day, three-out-of-four, four-out-of-six -- whatever the case may be."

"In a perfect world, our five starters will rise up and show who they are early," Eiland added. "It may go down closer to the end than we would like. We have to keep our eye on that and do what's best for the individual and best for the team."

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GEICO SportsNite: Thor, Mets 00:03:52
Michelle Yu, Marc Malusis and Sal Licata recap the Mets' 8-5 Spring Training loss to the Nationals and discuss Noah Syndergaard's potential.

The Mets lose to the Nationals 8-5 as Noah Syndergaard strikes out seven batters, Brandon Nimmo collects three hits and Jeurys Familia allows five runs.

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Syndergaard on Thursday's start 00:01:48
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was sharp on Thursday against the Nationals, racking up seven strikeouts in 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in Thursday's start against the Nationals, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out seven consecutive batters.

Syndergaard fanned Trea Turner, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon in order in the bottom of the third. Turner and Rendon went down looking while Harper swung and missed three times.

After he fanned Matt Adams to start the bottom of the fourth -- his seventh straight strikeout -- Syndergaard was replaced by Jerry Blevins. 

The electric performance lowered Syndergaard's Spring Training ERA to 1.08.

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Benefits of pitching inside 00:01:33
SNY's Nelson Figueroa sits down with Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland to discuss the effects of pitching inside.

Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland wants Noah Syndergaard to own the inside part of the plate this season. Recently, Eiland and Mets manager Mickey Callaway sat down with SNY's Nelson Figueroa to discuss the philosophy of pitching inside.

"It's very important," Eiland said. "You have to command the fastball to both sides of the plate, and most importantly you have to command the ball inside off the plate. You're gonna come in there for strikes at times, but hitters have to know that you're gonna come in there off the plate deep. For effect, a lot of times that can really open up down-and-away."

Eiland added that pitching inside needs to be done in order to combat guys diving over the plate, fouling pitches off, and having long at-bats.

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Apr 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard took the mound for his second spring training start after dismissing concerns about routinely touching 100 MPH in his first start. 

While Syndergaard only hit 100 MPH twice on Saturday against the Marlins, he did look sharp. In 3 IP, he allowed one run with 4 K. He threw 44 pitches, 30 of which for strikes...

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