MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that Noah Syndergaard will start on Opening Day for the Mets, March 29 at home against the Cardinals. Jacob deGrom will pitch the second game of the season on the 31st.
This will be Syndergaard’s second consecutive Opening Day start for the Mets. The right-hander made only seven starts last season due to a lat injury. Syndergaard appears to be good to go as he has limited the opposition to three runs (two earned) in 13 innings with 18 strikeouts so far in the Grapefruit League.
Across parts of three seasons in the majors, Syndergaard owns a 2.89 career ERA with 418 strikeouts and 77 walks in 364 innings. If he can stay healthy, he figures to be among the game’s best starters this season.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.