Syndergaard's toughness questioned by critics

Noah Syndergaard will missed Friday's scheduled start, but he wasn't backing down in the face of critics who called him soft.

Noah Syndergaard has been scratched from his start for the Met’s Triple-A Las Vegas 51s due to an illness, according to ESPN New York analyst Adam Rubin. The illness should not hold Syndergaard out for long and will likely start on Saturday or Sunday unless the illness turns out to be more serious then expected.

With Syndergaard expected to start on Saturday or Sunday the illness should not be a cause for concern. If the Mets were planning on skipping his turn in the rotation completely or were taking more precautionary measures it would be something to monitor, however this is not the case and he is expected to return to the mound this weekend.

The 22-year star prospect is certainly not worried about the minor illness as well and displayed his confidence through his twitter account when a commenter questioned his toughness and called him “soft” for missing a start. Syndergaard responded by tweeting “that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”

Despite an unimpressive start to the season, posting a 4.70 era in his first two starts with the 51s, and the recent illness, Syndergaard still remains an almost lock to be called up later in the season and join the rotation should an injury occur. Rated one of the top prospects in baseball he remains one of the best talent options if the Mets need an additional pitcher. Mets fans should not feel the need to keep an eye on this minor set back, as he and the coaching staff seem confident in his quick return.

Currently the only threat to his almost certain call up is his current 51s’ teammate Steve Mats. The 23-year-old left-hander has been impressing coach with his quality performances and numbers. Matz finished last year with a 2.28 ERA in Double-A and is continuing to pitch well this year in Las Vegas, posting a 2.93 ERA in 3 outings. Current Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen even compared the talented prospect to Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw.

There seems to be no threat of injury or illness to the star’s future however if Syndergaard continues to post sub par number like last year’s 4.60 ERA over 133 innings, Matz may put himself in position to get the call up first. Mets manager, Terry Collins would have an interesting choice to make either the highly talented and hyped Syndergaard or the impressive Steve Matz who’s been surpassing expectations.

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