Controlling Running Game Still a Problem for Noah Syndergaard

In recent years, the New York Mets have had a real hard time controlling the running game. Teams are known to run rampant against Mets pitchers and catchers. Thus far in 2018, the Mets have allowed the second most stolen bases per game in the league.

One of the biggest victims of the running game is big right hander Noah Syndergaard. Slowing down the running game has been a problem for Syndergaard his whole career. In his first full year in the league, 2016, Syndergaard allowed a whomping 48 stolen bases in 57 attempts. In total, base runners are 85-for-99 against Thor.

Again in 2018, these problems have risen for Syndergaard. Thus far this year, opposing base stealers are 20-for-22 with Syndergaard on the mound, and nine of the 37 runs he has allowed this year have scored after a stolen base.

In his latest start Sunday afternoon, three Marlins stolen bases cost him a a pair of runs, though he was able to hold on for a 4-3 win.

Postgame, Mets manager Mickey Callaway believed that catcher Kevin Plawecki had a chance to throw out the runner on only one of the three stolen bases.

“The one thing we always talk to him about is controlling the running game. For him to be that elite pitcher that does a really good job at preventing runs it’s controlling the running game a little bit,” Callaway told Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Syndergaard has been working on refining his mechanics since returning from the disabled list, but is now going to work on being quicker to the plate.

“Now that I have my mechanics back into play I can start working on speeding up my times to home plate,” Syndergaard said.

Callaway does feel that Syndergaard has been doing a good job of late, but he still has some work to do. “He’s doing a good job with his holds and his looks and picking off. He just needs to be a tad quicker to home,” Callaway said.

“Now that he’s back and starting to get stretched out again, it seems like he’s going to be able to hone in on that once more and continue to improve on it,” Callaway told Wayne Randazzo of 710 WOR.

This season, Syndergaard is 8-2 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts in 95 innings.

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