Noah Syndergaard confronts New York Mets over personal catcher use

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Noah Syndergaard

New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard reportedly has an issue with pitching to veteran catcher Wilson Ramos.

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard hasn’t had the smoothest year, to say the least. The New York Mets pitcher was part of numerous trade talks prior to the July 31 deadline and is currently pitching the highest ERA he’s ever possessed.

Now, he has another issue at his hands, and it has to do with catcher Wilson Ramos. Apparently, Thor doesn’t prefer to throw to Ramos, as he would rather be on the mound with René Rivera or Tomas Nido behind the plate, per Joel Sherman and Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.

Sherman and Kernan write, “Syndergaard first confronted pitching strategist Jeremy Accardo, then Mickey Callaway this past weekend when he recognized Ramos would be catching him Sunday. He then had a half-hour sit down with Brodie Van Wagenen, but received no satisfaction.”

Syndergaard appeared on the mound for the Mets on Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies, with Ramos behind the plate. Thor has a 5.09 ERA through 15 games this season with Ramos behind the plate and a 2.45 ERA with Nido through 10 games.

Thor’s last start before Sunday’s appearance was a 7-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Sept. 2, in which he threw 7.0 shutout innings with Rivera behind the plate. Syndergaard only allowed three hits in the game.

Ultimately, the Mets don’t like to veer towards certain pitchers having personal catchers, and like to put together the lineup in a way that will be the toughest for the opposing pitcher.

“I have to talk to guys every single day,” Callaway said. “You can’t make everybody happy and it’s not about making guys happy. It’s about winning at this point.”

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