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Noah Syndergaard was lights out in his spring training start against the Nationals yesterday, striking out the last seven batters he faced. And he says he’s not in mid-season form just yet. It was about as encouraging as a spring training start can get for a guy who’s already proven himself and then some at the major league level. Ken Davidoff writes that Syndergaard is perhaps the most indispensable player to his team in baseball.
Amed Rosario is set to play in the Mets’ spring training game as the DH for one or two at-bats and get back into the field tomorrow. He’s been out for the past several days with a leg issue.
Anthony DiComo profiled Peter Alonso, the Mets’ first base prospect who is capable of hitting a baseball a very long way.
If you’ve seen Asdrubal Cabrera’s son around spring training with him rocking a Mini Cabby jersey and want to read more, Matt Ehalt has you covered.
This might sound familiar to fans who have been following David Wright’s injury issues over the past few years: Adrian Gonzalez arrives to the ballpark very early to go through a routine intended to help his back before getting into regular baseball activity.
Around Major League Baseball
Jeff Sullivan took a look at how baseball’s trend toward having relievers throw a greater share of innings might have had an impact on what has been a very strange free agent market.
And speaking of the market again, Carlos Gonzalez is close to re-joining the Rockies on a one-year deal. Jose Bautista, who hit a lot of home runs for the Blue Jays over the past few years, isn’t considering retirement as he remains a free agent.
When it comes to shorter starts, Tyler Kepner wrote up a piece on how the Dodgers’ starting pitching staff is faring and reacting to increased bullpen usage and last year’s roster moves that often saw starting pitchers take brief stints on the disabled list.
The Diamondbacks might not have brought back J.D. Martinez, but they’re hiring Robert Van Scoyoc, the guy who revamped his swing. That’s the guy Juan Lagares worked with over the offseason in an attempt to hit more balls in the air.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Richard Staff wrote, correctly, that Yoenis Cespedes should be celebrated, not vilified, for the way he plays baseball.
Steve Sypa profiled Jacob Rhame, who has a shot at making the team’s Opening Day bullpen.
KOST is back! Allison McCague got us started with the first update on one of the best annual traditions on this site.
This Date in Mets History
“Meet the Mets” made its debut on this date in 1963.