Morning Briefing: Syndergaard Strikes, Montero Impresses, Reed’s Delivery Flaw

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Good Morning Mets Fans. The New York Mets will face-off against the Miami Marlins today at First Data Field as Noah Syndergaard makes his third start of the spring. Thor will be opposed by Severino Gonzalez as he comes fresh off a start where he hit 100-MPH on the radar gun for the first time this spring. Today’s game will not be televised, nor able to be heard on WOR, unfortunately.


One of the surprises of this spring has been the resurgence of former top prospect, Rafael Montero. The right-hander has been quite impressive, pitching to a 1.86 ERA over 9.2 innings. He had his biggest challenge of spring thus far on Sunday, as he entered the game with two runners on and allowed a two-run double but was not charged with any runs. Manager, Terry Collins has been pleased with what he has seen from Montero.  “I wanted to see how he did in that situation with guys on base and see how he handled it,” Collins said. “[But] he’s been throwing well. His control is better, velocity is up, been using his slider a little bit more and more command of it.” Read more from columnist Mike Puma in the NY Post.

Addison Reed has not had the smoothest of springs so far as he allowed six runs in .2 innings pitched this past Friday. Reed and pitching coach, Dan Warthen discovered a “delivery flaw,” that the two worked together to fix on Sunday. “He was leaking out towards first base,” Warthen said. “He fixed it this morning. Not an issue.” Reed is not letting the rough inning get to him in any aspect as he readies himself to be the probable closer as Jeurys Familia readies for a suspension. “The inning doesn’t matter to me,” Reed said. “I think pretty much all of us out there can do the job if needed.” Read more from columnist Kristie Ackert in the NYDN.

Zack Wheeler is having a hard time looking past his prior injuries of the previous two seasons as he hopes to ready himself for the start of the 2017 season. After making his start this past Friday, Wheeler is said to be doing well and continuing to be on track. “How I did the other day reassures me I can get big league guys out. [Saturday] and today my arm feels good, so I am bouncing back,’’ Wheeler said. “That’s big. If all stays on course as it is right now, I’ll be ready.” Read more from columnist Kevin Kernan in the NY Post.


Washington Nationals ace, Max Scherzer took his first big step towards getting back into game action as he threw a simulated game over the weekend. Manager, Dusty Baker spoke on Scherzer’s recovery, “Max tells you a lot in his body language,” Baker said. “I don’t know how pleased he was, but I know he didn’t seem disappointed, which is equally as important. The main thing is we want him to feel good. If he feels good, Max is going to be Max.” Read more from columnist Jorge Castillo in the Washington Post.

The injury bug has hit the Atlanta Braves a bit this spring as third baseman, Adonis Garcia joins Dansby Swanson on the sidelines. Garcia suffered a hamstring injury during Saturday’s game against the Mets. Manager, Brian Snitker states though that the injury is not too serious. “It wasn’t bad,” Snitker said. “It did tug and it’s kind of that lower hamstring thing so we are just going to make sure. We’ve got so much time left we just want to get him treated. It’s a day-to-day thing.” Read more from columnist Michael Cunningham on


Joe D takes a look at the possibility of Paul Sewald making his case to break camp on the big league roster.

Over at, Corne Hogeveen holds an exclusive interview with pitching prospect, Nabil Crismatt.


On this day in 1973, the Mets traded pitcher, Mardie Cornejo to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for pitcher, Ed Glynn.

New York Mets players born on this day include, Johan Santana (38), Jorge Fabregas (47), Terry Leach (63), Gary Kolb (77) and Al Luplow (78).

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