Last week in Chicago, the day after a start in which he berated himself for inconsistent mechanics during a “disappointing” season, Noah Syndergaard crept out of the clubhouse early to work on his form. In the shallow outfield grass at Wrigley Field, Syndergaard played a game of catch, slowing things down as he exaggerated every motion.
Oftentimes obsessive about his between-starts routine, Syndergaard now regularly throws two bullpen sessions instead of one — a tip that he picked up from Jacob deGrom, who in turn copied it from Hall of Famer John Smoltz. But for all the work Syndergaard was doing, his focus, according to Mets manager Mickey Callaway, remained too stiff, too mechanically driven during starts.
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