Snydergaard Getting Back To What He Does Best

This has been pitcher Noah Syndergaard's first full season with the Lugnuts and he is continuing his set routine to get through the second half. He is looking forward to the second half of the season, since he and the other pitchers will have their own day to pitch every five days.

"I feel like I have been pitching well. I'm going out there each outing and just trying to stay within myself and not trying to do too much," Syndergaard said. "I feel a lot more comfortable coming in as a starter. I'll just go through my routine and go out there every five days."

There are a few components to Syndergaard's success so far this season. He is working not only to progress as well as possible, but to get him through the entire season first. The "piggy back" system helped him adjust to his pitching and maintain himself through the first half.

"It helped me handle a lot of adversity because I didn't have the greatest success as a reliever, but it is nice to get my own start now," Syndergaard said.

Syndergaard's daily routine is another entity in which he and pitching coach Vince Horsman have been focusing on since they have been together. With this routine he is practicing, and strength conditioning is a vital part.

"It's great, I have a set plan and our strength coach is great and the lifting program is great. He [Jason Dowse] is really good with keeping our shoulders healthy and keeping us out there," Syndergaard said.

With the staff and the team's plan for Syndergaard helping, he still must rely on his natural talent, ability to throw and work opposing batters. The coaching staff is fond of his powerful arm and they understand the potential he has for the Toronto organization.

"I really like the way Noah commands his fastball and the way he works over it," Horsman said. "As for his change, for such a young power pitcher, he really shows a tremendous amount of poise and command for those two pitches. When he gets that third pitch in, boy, he is going to be really fun to watch."

In having a great and powerful arm, comes great responsibility. Syndergaard and the team must work to have complete control over his pitches in order to gain his maximum potential.

"With a young power pitcher, he is going to have games where he doesn't command the ball so well," Horsman said. "He went through a period in the season where he was leaving his fastballs up and getting hit a little bit. These last couple games, he has gotten back to what he does best, leaving the ball down and creating tilt."

Syndergaard has shown that he has the power and does not hesitate in bouncing back from his rocky appearances. With a strong post all-star break appearance, he is 4-2 with 70 strikeouts, posting a 3.35 ERA after a quality start on Wednesday night.

"I feel that I am progressing very well. I am always trying to move forward," Syndergaard said. "I just plan on going out there every five days, and to throw the ball consistently and keep going."

Syndergaard and Horsman are on the same page in terms of where they want certain pitches thrown and when to throw those pitches.

"I'm working on locating my fastball on the low side of the plate, down at the knees. Then, just to feed of my changeup after that," Syndergaard said.

As Syndergaard keeps on with his routine and plan, the organization is excited to watch him mature with his pitching. Although he needs time to grow, everyone does and it is his time to do so. Manager John Tamargo praises his pitching staff, knowing how special these players are to the organization and precious, as well.

"He is a good player, we have a good pitcher. He is a top prospect with a great arm and a good kid who is working hard," Tamargo said. "He is doing an outstanding job and it is a big goal for us to get him and the rest of these guys through a whole season."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I feel like I have been pitching well. I'm going out there each outing and just trying to stay within myself and not trying to do too much,\" Syndergaard said. \"I feel a lot more comfortable coming in as a starter. I'll just go through my routine and go out there every five days.\"
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\r\nThere are a few components to Syndergaard's success so far this season. He is working not only to progress as well as possible, but to get him through the entire season first. The \"piggy back\" system helped him adjust to his pitching and maintain himself through the first half.
\r\n
\r\n\"It helped me handle a lot of adversity because I didn't have the greatest success as a reliever, but it is nice to get my own start now,\" Syndergaard said.
\r\n
\r\nSyndergaard's daily routine is another entity in which he and pitching coach Vince Horsman have been focusing on since they have been together. With this routine he is practicing, and strength conditioning is a vital part.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's great, I have a set plan and our strength coach is great and the lifting program is great. He [Jason Dowse] is really good with keeping our shoulders healthy and keeping us out there,\" Syndergaard said.
\r\n
\r\nWith the staff and the team's plan for Syndergaard helping, he still must rely on his natural talent, ability to throw and work opposing batters. The coaching staff is fond of his powerful arm and they understand the potential he has for the Toronto organization.
\r\n
\r\n\"I really like the way Noah commands his fastball and the way he works over it,\" Horsman said. \"As for his change, for such a young power pitcher, he really shows a tremendous amount of poise and command for those two pitches. When he gets that third pitch in, boy, he is going to be really fun to watch.\"
\r\n
\r\nIn having a great and powerful arm, comes great responsibility. Syndergaard and the team must work to have complete control over his pitches in order to gain his maximum potential.
\r\n
\r\n\"With a young power pitcher, he is going to have games where he doesn't command the ball so well,\" Horsman said. \"He went through a period in the season where he was leaving his fastballs up and getting hit a little bit. These last couple games, he has gotten back to what he does best, leaving the ball down and creating tilt.\"
\r\n
\r\nSyndergaard has shown that he has the power and does not hesitate in bouncing back from his rocky appearances. With a strong post all-star break appearance, he is 4-2 with 70 strikeouts, posting a 3.35 ERA after a quality start on Wednesday night.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel that I am progressing very well. I am always trying to move forward,\" Syndergaard said. \"I just plan on going out there every five days, and to throw the ball consistently and keep going.\"
\r\n
\r\nSyndergaard and Horsman are on the same page in terms of where they want certain pitches thrown and when to throw those pitches.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm working on locating my fastball on the low side of the plate, down at the knees. Then, just to feed of my changeup after that,\" Syndergaard said.
\r\n
\r\nAs Syndergaard keeps on with his routine and plan, the organization is excited to watch him mature with his pitching. Although he needs time to grow, everyone does and it is his time to do so. Manager John Tamargo praises his pitching staff, knowing how special these players are to the organization and precious, as well.
\r\n
\r\n\"He is a good player, we have a good pitcher. He is a top prospect with a great arm and a good kid who is working hard,\" Tamargo said. \"He is doing an outstanding job and it is a big goal for us to get him and the rest of these guys through a whole season.\"
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