Syndergaard Working With the Plan

LANSING, MI - Aside from a rough start in Burlington, Ia., pitcher Noah Syndergaard has impressed in his first full season in a Lansing Lugnuts uniform. In the relief appearance against the Bees, Syndergaard went just 2.2 innings and gave up three runs, with three hits and four walks. He came away from the tough outing with the win, but knew he was capable of doing better.

In that particular outing, he didn't have the command of his fastball he expects from himself, which that allowed the opposing hitters to take advantage of him and score runs.

"Sometimes I go out there and I don't get on top of my fastball and I go out there and my fastball is flat and I get hit around quite a bit — I'll leave it up in the middle part of the plate," Syndergaard said.

The 10.12 ERA from that game didn't do too much to his season number of 2.19 through 24.2 innings, which has seen 35 strikeouts and three wins.

"Just about every other start, I feel real good about the way I've been throwing now," he said. "Just got to try and continue that."

Syndergaard currently is in a piggy-backing system which has seen several of the Lugnuts starters going from starts to relief appearances every other game. This helps the starters get used to the rigors of five day rotations and ease the stress of starting every fifth day.

Lugnuts Pitching Coach Vince Horsman said it's part of the plan from the Major League club to get the pitchers ready for the show.

"There is a plan for all of these guys, eventually they'll be ready to handle being stressed out a little bit more, but it's early in the year, and it's an opportunity for the guy in the bullpen to get worked a little bit more," Horsman said. "When these guys start to get stressed out, the innings become a little more infrequent for the bullpen guys."

Syndergaard is well aware of the plan, and knows it is in his best interest to follow the system to get to where he wants to be in the long run.

"Sometimes I wish I could go out there and throw more than three innings and have a good start, but I know there's a bigger picture involved and the bigger picture is keeping me healthy and to the big leagues," he said.

That plan includes making sure Syndergaard's arsenal is to the best it can be before he makes the jump to the next level. Besides the game in Burlington, one of the goals — fastball command — is on the right track. Now working on his secondary pitches will be key.

"Being able to repeat my delivery, not going out and trying to do too much, staying within myself, being able to locate my fastball, locating your heater is the key to getting to the big league," he said in regards to what he's working on. "I'm trying to get better every outing, being able to locate my fastball down in the zone and get my changeup and curve ball whenever I need to."

With Syndergaard pitching lights out most nights, along with a solid pitching staff that has led the Lugnuts to a Midwest League-best 26-11 record, Lansing Manager John Tamargo is more than happy with his pitchers.

"We have a chance to be in every ball game," Tamargo said. "We show up to the park (and) we know we're going to be in the ball game with those guys, because they're gonna go out there and throw strikes, do a good job and give the offense a chance to win a ball game late, or if we score early to cruise through the game. But they come out every night, looking to put up zeros and they've done that a few times, it's a lot of fun to watch."

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\r\n \r\nIn that particular outing, he didn't have the command of his fastball he expects from himself, which that allowed the opposing hitters to take advantage of him and score runs.
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\"Sometimes I go out there and I don't get on top of my fastball and I go out there and my fastball is flat and I get hit around quite a bit — I'll leave it up in the middle part of the plate,\" Syndergaard said.
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The 10.12 ERA from that game didn't do too much to his season number of 2.19 through 24.2 innings, which has seen 35 strikeouts and three wins.
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\"Just about every other start, I feel real good about the way I've been throwing now,\" he said. \"Just got to try and continue that.\"
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Syndergaard currently is in a piggy-backing system which has seen several of the Lugnuts starters going from starts to relief appearances every other game. This helps the starters get used to the rigors of five day rotations and ease the stress of starting every fifth day.
\r\n\r\n
Lugnuts Pitching Coach Vince Horsman said it's part of the plan from the Major League club to get the pitchers ready for the show.
\r\n\r\n
\"There is a plan for all of these guys, eventually they'll be ready to handle being stressed out a little bit more, but it's early in the year, and it's an opportunity for the guy in the bullpen to get worked a little bit more,\" Horsman said. \"When these guys start to get stressed out, the innings become a little more infrequent for the bullpen guys.\"
\r\n\r\n
Syndergaard is well aware of the plan, and knows it is in his best interest to follow the system to get to where he wants to be in the long run.
\r\n\r\n
\"Sometimes I wish I could go out there and throw more than three innings and have a good start, but I know there's a bigger picture involved and the bigger picture is keeping me healthy and to the big leagues,\" he said.
\r\n \r\n
That plan includes making sure Syndergaard's arsenal is to the best it can be before he makes the jump to the next level. Besides the game in Burlington, one of the goals — fastball command — is on the right track. Now working on his secondary pitches will be key.
\r\n \r\n
\"Being able to repeat my delivery, not going out and trying to do too much, staying within myself, being able to locate my fastball, locating your heater is the key to getting to the big league,\" he said in regards to what he's working on. \"I'm trying to get better every outing, being able to locate my fastball down in the zone and get my changeup and curve ball whenever I need to.\"
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With Syndergaard pitching lights out most nights, along with a solid pitching staff that has led the Lugnuts to a Midwest League-best 26-11 record, Lansing Manager John Tamargo is more than happy with his pitchers.
\r\n\r\n
\"We have a chance to be in every ball game,\" Tamargo said. \"We show up to the park (and) we know we're going to be in the ball game with those guys, because they're gonna go out there and throw strikes, do a good job and give the offense a chance to win a ball game late, or if we score early to cruise through the game. But they come out every night, looking to put up zeros and they've done that a few times, it's a lot of fun to watch.\"
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