Syndergaard not hung up on spring stats
Thor fans 8, gives up 2 HRs; Cano hits 1st HR, hosts charity auction
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Noah Syndergaard's pitching line on Friday was no thing of beauty.
This being Spring Training, it is also no cause for concern.
"I don't pay any attention to stats in Spring Training," said Syndergaard, echoing the March mantra of pitchers everywhere, following the Mets' 10-3 loss to Miami. "I'm just trying to get my work in."
Syndergaard gave up a pair of home runs -- and four runs (three earned) in all -- to a Marlins lineup neither blessed with power nor a penchant for scoring. The Marlins in their previous 14 spring games had scored just two earned runs in 32 2/3 innings off opposing starters.
The Marlins managed six hits Friday off Syndergaard in four innings of work in which he also struck out eight without yielding any walks.
Syndergaard viewed it as an improvement over his previous outing when he walked five batters.
"A step in the right direction," he said. "I didn't walk five guys. I felt, for the most part, I was able to throw a lot of strikes throughout the entire outing. It was kind of a boring outing -- nothing terribly good. It wasn't too bad. Spring, really all that matters is going out there and trying to get better."
Cano hits home run on field -- and off
Second baseman Robinson Cano, who hit his first home run of the spring on Friday, is conducting an online auction of memorabilia to benefit disadvantaged youth in both the Dominican Republic and United States through his RC24 Foundation.
Items being auctioned include a three-course meal with Cano and 10 guests, Opening Day tickets, and a personalized bat, ball and cleats.
The auction runs through March 18.
To bid on items, click here.
Mendoza on mute
Jessica Mendoza, the ESPN baseball analyst and new Mets baseball operations official, was on hand Friday at First Data Field to check out the scenery for the first time in her new role.
But a scheduled chat with New York media was canceled. It was no snub.
The reason: Mendoza had lost her voice and was unable to talk.
The Mets recently announced the hiring of Mendoza to work as an advisor in baseball ops. Mendoza will also continue to work for ESPN on its Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts.
Smith takes the cake
Dominic Smith was wearing a gold medal on Friday, his reward for baking the winning cake in a team competition.
"I'm going to wear it in the game, too," Smith said.
Smith teamed up with Drew Smith and Andres Gimenez -- who also hit a home run in the game -- to take home first prize in the cake-baking competition. Smith's winning cake: a vanilla "funfetti cake" with lots of sprinkles.
"I guess we did a pretty good job of reading the instructions on the back of the box," Smith said.
His cake was topped off with the words: "New York Mets, 2019 World Series Champs."
The Mets travel to Fort Myers on Saturday to face the defending World Series champion Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET. Zack Wheeler is scheduled to make the start for the Mets. In his two spring outings covering 2 2/3 innings, Wheeler has gone 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA. Others scheduled to take the mound for the Mets: Tyler Bashlor, Jacob Rhame, Ryan O'Rourke, Arquimedes Caminero and Paul Sewald.