Syndergaard 'too slow' in 2nd Vegas start

April, 10, 2014
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ATLANTA -- Noah Syndergaard, who allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks in five innings in his second Triple-A start, was working too deliberately Wednesday,

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Las Vegas manager Wally Backman indicated.

“His tempo was way too slow tonight, especially early in the game,” Backman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal late Wednesday. “He got better as the game went on but there were times he was 20-plus seconds in between pitches. His stuff was there, but everything you hear about in baseball is rhythm and timing and it wasn’t there tonight for him.”

Said Syndergaard to the newspaper: “I could’ve sped my tempo up a little bit better. It’s something that’s kind of hard to pick up for myself. It’s something I kind of have to be told. I felt like I did pretty well. I feel like the stat line really doesn’t do it justice. I felt I made some pretty good pitches. They just got the barrel on the ball and got them over the infielder’s head. ... My arm felt a lot better and my body felt better than my first start, but my results weren’t near as good."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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