On Monday night, the Las Vegas 51s (3-2) defeated the Sacramento River Cats (3-2) by a score of 8-5. This game marked Noah Syndergaard’s first start of the 2015 season after having been dispatched for an MRI recently on his forearm.
"We had him examined. Including an MRI and all that stuff,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “No, we don't see any issue there."
Heading into Monday’s game, Mets management acknowledged that Syndergaard would not throw over 60 pitches. They don’t seem too worried about his forearm, but aren’t feeling risky after watching Zack Wheeler completely tear his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow a few weeks ago.
In four innings, Syndergaard allowed seven hits along with three runs (two earned). He only struck out two in his initial appearance, but that number looks to increase drastically as the season progresses. Out of the 54 pitches he threw, 37 were strikes. He forced an abundant amount of grounders, further emphasizing his accuracy at the mound.
Syndergaard got off to a rough start in the first inning when the River Cats scored a run; they scored another two runs in the third. As the game progressed, he loosened up and calmed his nerves finishing off with a solid fourth inning.
The Mets need to closely monitor Syndergaard and ensure that he remains healthy, as forearm discomfort can be a symptom of a large problem. The season has only begun, but the Mets are eager to see what’s to come from the God of Thunder.