Collins said “There’s a possibility you might not see him” in the majors this year.
Asked why Syndergaard might not make his major league debut in 2014, Collins replied “Sh*t happens.”
Syndergaard, 21, has a 5.35 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 69 innings pitched over 14 starts this season for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Syndergaard has missed time due to two minor injuries – one to the flexor pronator in his pitching arm, the other a left shoulder injury.
It’s unclear what prompted Terry Collins to state that Syndergaard might not pitch for the Mets this year.
Either way, it’s something that shouldn’t have been said – for a number of reasons.
For one, Syndergaard’s potential Mets debut is not up to Collins. It’s likely that Collins won’t even have a say regarding when the potential debut takes place.
Second, it’s always been the Mets’ plan for Syndergaard to make his major league debut in 2014.
Syndergaard has struggled mightily at times in the hitter-friendly PCL, but his FIP is 4.28 – more than a run lower than his ERA.
When Travis d’Arnaud was tearing up the PCL a few weeks ago, the Mets gave him close to no credit because of the league he was playing in. The same line of thinking should be used when Syndergaard’s stats are taken into account.
For Syndergaard, the stuff is there, as evidenced by stretches of dominance during games where brief struggles often skew his final line.
Syndergaard definitely needs to work on mixing his pitches better and throwing his secondary stuff more, but it’s foolish to suggest on July 1 that he won’t make his major league debut in 2014.
For the Mets, the eye should be on the future.
Terry Collins is certainly worried about keeping his job, but the team should be operating with their long-term interests in mind. Getting Noah Syndergaard acclimated to the majors this season should be part of those long-term interests.