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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Mickey Callaway not caving to Noah Syndergaard’s catcher wishes

New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway has no plans to split up the Noah Syndergaard-Wilson Ramos battery despite the pitcher’s concerns.

Syndergaard is scheduled to start again Friday, and on Wednesday, Callaway said it’s likely that Ramos will be catching him. This comes despite Syndergaard’s issues working with Ramos, and the pitcher’s inferior ERA when the two are paired together.

The story erupted this week, with Syndergaard discussing his catcher preference with Mets’ brass. His ERA when throwing to backup Tomas Nido is roughly two and a half runs lower than it is when pitching to Ramos.

Despite those talks, this isn’t a huge surprise. Callaway was pretty dismissive of Syndergaard’s concerns publicly. The manager wants to keep Ramos, a .298 hitter, in the lineup. Syndergaard will just have to deal with that.

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