Noah Syndergaard
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New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard has been diagnosed with a “low-grade hamstring” strain after finding self on the 10-day injured list. 

Not the greatest news for the New York Mets as they begin their 11-game road trip on Monday.

According to Mets manager Mickey Callaway, starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard has been diagnosed with a “low-grade hamstring” strain. Syndergaard exited during the seventh inning of Saturday’s game against the Saint Louis Cardinals after experiencing some pain in the back of his leg.

On Sunday, the Mets announced that Syndergaard would be placed on the 10-day injured list. This made room for second baseman Robinson Cano to return to the lineup. Cano previously was on the 10-day IL due to a quadriceps injury.

Syndergaard missing starts will hinder the Mets as they take on this string of games away from Citi Field.

Sitting at 7.5 games behind first place in the NL East division, the Mets have three games against the Braves, four against the Cubs and four against the Phillies. It’s arguably the most important string of games for New York so far this season, and they’ll have to get through it without one of their top guys on the mound.

Syndergaard isn’t the only Mets starting pitcher who exited a start early during the series against the Cardinals. Jason Vargas exited Sunday’s game in the fourth inning after experiencing cramps in his left calf after a swing.

Just what the Mets need, more injuries to their ballclub that they have to deal with (sarcasm).

The Mets begin their road trip Monday night when they take on the Braves in Atlanta. Zack Wheeler takes the mound for New York with a record of 5-4 and an ERA of 4.92. Monday night must be the start of a winning streak if the Mets want to become contenders in the National League.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.