According to a report from Mark Carig of Newsday, the Royals have been “signaling their intent to seek retribution” for a Syndergaard fastball that went over the head of shortstop Alcides Escobar during Game 3 of last season’s playoff matchup.
Seems a bit petty.
Syndergaard claimed, at the time, he was trying to establish the inner half of the plate, but the Royals reportedly didn’t buy his reasoning.
“If they have a problem with me throwing inside,” Syndergaard said after Game 3, “then they can meet me 60 feet, six inches away. I’ve got no problem with that.”
The Mets and Royals face off against each other in the opening series of the regular season, but it remains unclear whether Syndergaard will pitch in the matchup because it is only a two-game series.
The Royals’ season kicks off Sunday night against the Mets with Matt Harvey taking the hill against Edinson Volquez.