Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Noah Syndergaard Says Purpose Pitch in World Series Doesn't Warrant Retaliation
Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard said Wednesday that he doesn't believe the purpose pitch he hurled at Alcides Escobar in Game 3 of the World Series justifies retaliation from the Kansas City Royals during their upcoming rematch on Opening Night at Kauffman Stadium. 

Syndergaard rankled the Royals last fall by throwing a 98-mph fastball up and in to Escobar to open Game 3, the only meeting the Mets won. A Newsday story published Tuesday reported that the Royals were still upset by the incident and "have been quietly signaling their intent to seek retribution" against the Mets on Sunday. 

"I don't think they're too fond of me, but as far as retaliation goes, I really don't know what they're going to retaliate against," Syndergaard said following the Mets' 12-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. "All I did was establish the inner part of the plate. So I don't know what this whole retaliation talk is all about. But it's going to be an interesting time.

"I simply threw a pitch on the inside corner. Elevated. A purpose pitch. I don't really see how any retaliation could be made."
This shouldn't even be news, But hey, it's still spring training so the media is desperate for headlines and thanks to the stupidity of interleague play, the Royals and Mets are facing each other to start off the season. Bottom line, Syndergaard did nothing wrong but establish the inside of the plate with that pitch which asa pitcher is something he's probably long been taught to do. He didn't hit anyone and he certainly didn't show anybody up, which would've really dumb when you consider that the Mets were down two games to nothing at the time. Instead he made a statement with that pitch and went on to pitch a great game to get his team back in the series, which in case any Royal is really thinking about retaliating by the way...Kansas City went on to win. So there's your payback right there. Now it's time to move on.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Matt Harvey Has Non-baseball Medical Issue, Could Miss Opening Day
New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey is dealing with an undisclosed medical issue that may place his Opening Day start on Sunday in jeopardy.

General manager Sandy Alderson declined to specify the issue, other than to say it was not related to an elbow or shoulder or anything else orthopedic. Harvey reported the issue to Mets personnel early Monday after a symptom unexpectedly arose, Alderson added.

"It's a non-baseball medical issue that we have to address," Alderson said after Monday's 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. "It came up this morning as far as I know. There will be some follow-up tests and consultation that will take place over the next couple of days."

Asked if there is any gravity to the undisclosed issue, Alderson added: "I think it's a little early to attach any level of concern. ... I think we need to wait for more medical information before we decide it's of concern, or great concern, or no concern."

Harvey will be scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League start against the Miami Marlins. That had been slated to be his final tuneup for Opening Day opposite Kansas City Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez at Kauffman Stadium in a rematch of Game Nos. 1 and 5 of the World Series.
The fact that Harvey could miss his Opening Day start and the Mets aren't saying why is a really bad sign.