Noah Syndergaard’s complaints didn’t get him anywhere.
His request for a personal catcher isn’t expected to be granted for his next start at least, manager Mickey Callaway said on Wednesday.
Wilson Ramos is a good bet to be behind the plate for Syndergaard’s next appearance, Friday against the Dodgers at Citi Field, according to Callaway.
That decision comes in the wake of The Post report that Syndergaard confronted pitching strategist Jeremy Accardo, Callaway and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen last weekend when he realized Ramos would be behind the plate in his most recent start on Sunday.
“That’s something that is a likely possibility,” Callaway said. “Anything can happen. That’s why we don’t put the lineups out two or three days in advance, but Noah obviously understands at this point that whoever’s in the lineup, he’s going to go and compete.”
Callaway opted to use Tomas Nido, Syndergaard’s preferred catcher, this past Saturday rather than Sunday, hoping the more gifted defender would help struggling newcomer Marcus Stroman. Had Callaway opted to start Ramos Saturday and sit him Sunday, he would’ve been in line to be off for Syndergaard’s next outing. Syndergaard struggled with Ramos catching, blowing a 3-0 lead in a loss to the Phillies.
“I know in terms of pitchers and catchers, there’s a certain ‘it’ factor, there’s a symbiotic relationship that two guys can possess,” Syndergaard said on Tuesday. “It’s about being comfortable out there.”
Ramos was making his fourth straight start on Wednesday night and Callaway was planning to rest him for the series finale against the Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon. It wasn’t set in stone Ramos would start Friday, but it is very unlikely the Mets would sit one of their best hitters in consecutive games.
Syndergaard’s numbers are drastically different with Ramos compared to Nido. He has a 5.09 ERA with Ramos in 15 games and a 2.45 ERA with Nido in 10 games. He threw seven shutout innings in his lone start with Rene Rivera.
Despite the report coming out, making his request public, Syndergaard doesn’t believe it has affected his relationship with Ramos, who has declined to comment on the matter. Callaway didn’t seem worried, either.
“I’m not really concerned about that,” the manager said.
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