Elite Sports NY has all your New York Mets news, including another injury worry for Noah Syndergaard and a start for Conforto.After the entirety of the New York Mets‘ bullpen tossed 11.1 scoreless innings in Thursday night’s 9-8, 16th-inning victory, southpaw Josh Edgin allowed a walk-off double to Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, handing the Mets a 3-2 defeat in the process.
But perhaps the biggest story on the night was the early, just 87 pitches deep departure of ace Noah Syndergaard due to torn fingernails on the pointer and middle fingers of his throwing hand.
Noah Syndergaard says he'll have fake nails put on his index and middle fingers before his next start. #Mets pic.twitter.com/CafYj6a2fr
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 15, 2017
Prior to his removal by team training staff, Thor was having a fine night, as he allowed just one earned run over six innings with six hits, no walks and four strikeouts. The injury comes after a blister ended his Opening Day start early as well.
“If I keep my fingernails too short, I get a blister. If I keep it too long, the nail splits,” Syndergaard said in a press conference. “It’s about finding that happy medium.”
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News has more on Syndergaard’s troublesome issue here.
Lucas Duda crushed an estimated 441-foot home run to dead center field last night for his fourth long ball on the young season.
407 to dead center? No problem for Lucas Duda! https://t.co/O5137bTbq1 ? #DudaSmash #LGM pic.twitter.com/HzdHsKPORb
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 15, 2017
Duda was afforded the clean-up spot in the lineup, and showed up emphatically as he produced a 2-for-3 game with two walks and the above bomb.
Yoenis Cespedes, the MLB’s current home run leader with six on the season, received an off-day last night because of the flu.
Budding starter Michael Conforto started in Yo’s place, batting fifth in the lineup. The talented, young lefty went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two strikeouts.
Jay Bruce was handed the three hole, as he’s started off the year with four homers, eight RBIs and a .295/.392/.591 line. The former Cincinnati Red went just 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a walk on the evening, though.