Morning Briefing: Noah Syndergaard Day!


FIRST PITCH: Noah Syndergaard Day has arrived!

Syndergaard, 22, makes his major league debut for the New York Mets on Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. ET at Wrigley Field. He starts in place of Dillon Gee, who landed on the disabled list with a groin strain.

Syndergaard was 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Las Vegas before the promotion.

He opposes Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta (3-3, 3.41 ERA).

"I'm excited to see this kid pitch, because I'm a fan," manager Terry Collins said. "But, first and foremost, I'm the manager of this team. And I think he's good enough to win here, or he would not be out there. This is not a show. This is not a Broadway play that we're going to throw this kid out there and see how he sings. We know how he sings."

Syndergaard joined the Mets on Saturday in Philly -- three full days ahead of his debut. The Mets promoted him early at the expense of carrying an extra bench player or reliever for a few days because team officials wanted to get Syndergaard comfortable and acclimated to the big leagues.

"I thought the idea of bringing him here a couple of days ago was good," Collins said. "I've spent enough time around Noah Syndergaard, I'm pretty impressed with the makeup. I think he's made huge strides from last year. I saw the way he went about things in spring training this year. So I think he's ready. That's why I told him, 'This isn't just a gift to see if you can pitch here. You earned your right to be here.' That, to me, means a lot."


  • Jacob deGrom allowed first-inning homers to Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo on consecutive pitches and ultimately surrendered four runs in five innings as the Mets lost to the Cubs, 4-3, in Monday's series opener. Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores had solo homers in the sixth to pull the Mets within a run, but the Amazin's could not fully climb out of the early hole, despite a pair of hard-hit balls in the ninth. DeGrom has a 5.64 ERA in his past four starts as he struggles with his fastball command. The Mets' lead over the Washington Nationals has been sliced to 2 1/2 games. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Journal, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Buddy Carlyle was forced to depart Monday's game with lower-back spasms. He suggested postgame that it is difficult to gauge the injury's severity. Read more in the Post and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Bobby Parnell suffered a blown save in his first action with St. Lucie since resuming a rehab assignment. Parnell allowed three ninth-inning runs and issued a pair of wild pitches while his fastball sat at 90-92 mph.

  • Travis d'Arnaud has been cleared to begin most baseball activity as he returns from a fractured pinkie. He will not be cleared to resume swinging for roughly another week, though. Meanwhile, David Wright continued to seek treatment for his lower back on Monday, although a resumption of outdoor activity could come as early as Tuesday, according to assistant general manager John Ricco. Read more in Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Read more on Syndergaard's major league debut from columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post, columnist David Lennon in Newsday and columnist Phil Rogers at MLB.com.

  • Kevin Plawecki grew up a Cubs fan in Indiana. He named his cats Sosa and Prior, Mike Vorkunov writes at NJ.com.

  • Collins offered no indication he will shy away from starting John Mayberry Jr. against left-handed pitching. Mayberry went hitless in four at-bats Monday and is 3-for-29 on the season.

  • Tyler Pill allowed one run in seven innings and also contributed a sacrifice fly as Las Vegas rallied to beat El Paso, 3-1. Gavin Cecchini homered, but Richmond beat Binghamton, 4-3. Parnell's blown save wasted a solid performance by reigning Florida State League Pitcher of the Week Robert Gsellman as St. Lucie lost to Tampa, 4-2. Stefan Sabol's first-inning two-run homer helped lift Savannah to a 6-3 win against Hickory. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • The Yankees (No. 6) have overtaken the Mets (No. 7) in ESPN's power rankings.

  • Carlos Torres recalls playing minor league baseball with Denver Broncos tight end/fullback James Casey, Troy Renck writes in the Denver Post.

  • From the bloggers … Mets Report suggests the next week could help the Mets settle into a consistent lineup.

BIRTHDAYS: Kevin Bass turns 56. ... Jack Egbert is 32. ... Mark Clark is 47. ... Bob Heise was born on this date in 1947.


YOU'RE UP: Are you more or less excited about Syndergaard's debut compared with the introductions of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler?