Noah Syndergaard has strong start, but Mets' rotation can't afford anymore setbacks

Posted April 04, 2017

"Now, it's one of my favorites", Teheran said late last season about the Mets' home ballpark.

Syndergaard is now slated to take the mound again on Saturday, in the Mets' fifth game of the season, against the Marlins. Hansel Robles worked a ideal seventh inning for the win.

"He was not going to be done until he came off (with) the blister", Collins said of Syndergaard. Or that the Mets, only minutes after what should have been a feel-good victory, chose to delay Syndergaard until Sunday night to give the blister a bonus day to heal. What's more, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz provide talented depth outside of the two headliners. "I'm not too concerned about it". "It's been our goal since the first game of spring training - try to get to the playoffs, go to the playoffs and try to win the World Series", Mets third baseman Jose Reyes told Newsday on Friday. Cabrera is on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with a right elbow strain. But after Monday's game, Collins said his elbow was now a more serious condition that could keep him on the shelf for a "couple of weeks".

Julio Teheran started for the Braves and pitched six scoreless innings and had six strikeouts.

Rene Rivera led off the seventh with a single against Ian Krol (0-1). He performed well in those 38 games, slashing.302/.361/.442, so Braves manager Brian Snitker decided the 23-year-old Swanson is ready for the top of the lineup.

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It took the Braves four pitchers to get three outs in the seventh inning.

Neil Walker and Jay Bruce each walked, with Bruce's walk forcing home a run, before Lucas Duda laced a three-run double.

"We had our opportunities today to get it done", Freeman said.

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in his past five outings versus the Mets, a stretch that included a scoreless streak of 29 2/3 innings and a one-hit shutout at Citi Field on Father's Day previous year. Big Sexy, who turns 44 in May, won 44 games for the Mets over the past three seasons. "Everybody's going, 'OK, I guess it's time to really start trying here.'" previous year was the third straight losing season for the Braves, who embarked upon a massive rebuilding plan midway through the 2016 campaign with the plan that they would compete shortly after moving into SunTrust Park, which opens next week.