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Noah Syndergaard 'didn't feel very comfortable' with his delivery

NEW YORK -- Even lacking sharp command, Noah Syndergaard still proved pretty effective against the Cincinnati Reds.

Syndergaard ended up with a no-decision in the New York Mets' 5-3 win on Monday night.

He departed with the Mets holding a one-run lead, a runner at first base and two outs in the seventh. Antonio Bastardo proceeded to allow the inherited runner to score.

Syndergaard was charged with three runs on seven hits while striking out nine in 6 2/3 innings. His ERA climbed to 1.69.

“I didn’t feel very comfortable with my delivery,” Syndergaard said. “... You’re going to go out there every once in a while and you’re not going to have your best stuff. You’ve got to go out there and grind it out and put your team in the best possible situation to win a ballgame.”

Syndergaard had not worked in a full week, and manager Terry Collins believes the extra two days off may have affected his sharpness. Pitching coach Dan Warthen noted to Collins that Syndergaard was working with a much slower pace in the early innings than he typically does.

“Early in the game, the game just dragged along, it seemed like,” Collins said.

One major issue with Syndergaard related to stolen bases. The Reds swiped five bases on the combination of Syndergaard and catcher Travis d'Arnaud during the game.

A scout timed Syndergaard's delivery to the plate on Monday at 1.33 to 1.39 seconds with a runner on first base. A pitcher effective at holding runners is usually 1.25 to 1.30 seconds max.

The scout added: "They got huge jumps on him. And it didn't help that d'Arnaud was 2.05 to 2.16 to second, which is below average."

Collins said the Mets staff has tried to reduce Syndergaard’s susceptibility to the running game. Runners have successfully swiped 24 bases in 26 attempts against Syndergaard in his career.

“I will tell you, I don’t know a lot of great big pitchers who are real quick to the plate,” Collins said. “Those real tall guys, there’s a lot of action. There’s a lot of movement. It’s really hard to get those guys below that 1.30 mark that you kind of look for. But we’ve still got to get better at it. There’s no question.”