Syndergaard made just seven starts in 2017, missing most of the year due to biceps tendinitis and a partially torn lat muscle. Through five spring starts, Syndergaard has pitched 20 innings, allowing three earned runs and posting a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 23:6.
The numbers, while obviously good to see, do not matter — it’s spring training, and Syndergaard’s average opponent quality, according to Baseball-Reference, has been an 8.6 out of 10 thus far, equivalent to a Quad-A talent. That’s not what’s important, though. What is important, however, is Syndergaard’s stuff.
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