New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen denies a rift with Noah Syndergaard

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New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen denies any rift between Noah Syndergaard and the team regarding Wilson Ramos.

On Monday, reports came out that New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard met with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen privately. Apparently, Syndergaard wasn’t happy about having to pitch to catcher Wilson Ramos behind the plate. Thor prefers to throw to Tomas Nido and René Rivera.

The exact reasoning for Syndergaard not preferring Ramos is unclear at the moment. However, Van Wagenen is now claiming that no sort of rift exists between Syndergaard and the team.

“I think Noah has expressed his feelings with his (lack of) comfortability of throwing to Wilson,” Van Wagenen said before the team’s 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, per the Associated Press. “I respect him for sharing those feelings.”

“We listened to him, he understands our thought process that he may have other catchers catch him,” Van Wagenen said. “No different than he has earlier in the course of the season and we’ll continue to make those evaluations on a day-by-day basis that gives us a chance to win.”

Syndergaard does have a better ERA this year with Nido behind the plate. Through 10 starts with Nido, Thor is posting an ERA of 2.45. Through 15 games with Ramos, his ERA is 5.09.

Although performing better with Nido, exact reasoning for Syndergaard’s issue is still unclear.

The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks on Monday night to take Game 1 of the four-game series. However, New York is still 4.0 games back in the National League Wild Card race.

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