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Syndergaard gets start against Marlins amid trade rumors

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to take the mound Saturday on the road against the Miami Marlins to open what could be the final second half of his New York Mets tenure.

Reports circulated this week that the Mets could be interested in moving Syndergaard by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but a heavy return of multiple top prospects is likely desired, putting chances of a deal in question.

Yet Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen did admit before Friday's game in Miami that a roster shakeup will happen, although not a complete roster overhaul.

"Well, I said it," Van Wagenen told reporters after first saying in the offseason that National League East teams need to come and get the Mets. "I think what you'll learn and what I hope to always be is that I want to say what I believe, and I wasn't shy in the offseason. But they came and got us, and I think that now we view ourselves as the underdogs."

It has been a below-average season for Syndergaard (6-4, 4.68 ERA), who is hoping that a move to a personal catcher in Tomas Nido gives him more of a chance at delivering the results he desires. Nido has also developed into a personal catcher for Jacob deGrom.

Nido's presence behind the plate for the star starters is reportedly due to his ability to handle low pitches, among other nuisances, over fellow catcher Wilson Ramos. It was Ramos, though, who drove in two runs Friday during an 8-4 loss to the Marlins.

More than a move to a personal catcher, a matchup against the Marlins is probably what Syndergaard needs most. He has dominated the team in nine career starts, going 6-1 with a 1.74 ERA over 62 innings. At Marlins Park, he is 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA over six starts (39 innings).

The Marlins will counter Saturday with rookie Zac Gallen (0-1, 4.50), as the right-hander makes his fourth career start. Gallen last pitched on July 2, in an outing that was shortened to two innings against the Washington Nationals because of a 1-hour, 16-minute rain delay. He gave up two runs on three hits, including his first home run.

"You only pitch every five days, so you want to make the most of it when you are out there. It's not fun when your outing gets cut short," Gallen said. "We definitely had a little different idea of the game plan, and I wanted to see how it worked out. They had some new guys in the lineup that weren't there a week ago."

His previous outing was also against the Nationals on June 26 when he gave up three runs on four hits over five innings with eight strikeouts. In his major league debut June 20 against the St. Louis Cardinals, he gave up one run on five hits over five innings but ended up with a no-decision.

"There's going to be a learning curve from game to game," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Is it going to be consistency, start-in and start-out?"

The Marlins have now won four consecutive games against the Mets this season, all at Miami, after starting the year 0-5 against New York.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 13, 2019

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