NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Craig Carton doesn’t want to wait to see the kid with the “hook from hell” — and he’s absolutely sick of hearing the argument about Noah Syndergaard’s arbitration eligibility.
The “Boomer & Carton” co-host says if the New York Mets pitching prospect is as good as advertised, he belongs on the Opening Day roster.
End of discussion.
“If this kid Syndergaard is that good, someone’s got to explain to me why you don’t bring him up there as a gift to the fan base,” Carton said while opening up Friday’s show on WFAN radio. “And I don’t want to hear this crap about when the clock starts. If you’ve got a kid who’s a lights-out stud, who’s ready to compete at this level, do us a favor and bring the kid up.”
Carton said if the Mets — whose general manager reportedly expects 90 games in the ‘W’ column — fail to bring the hurler known as “Thor” up with the rest of the big leaguers, then they’re simply “not trying to win.”
“I don’t want to wait until June 25 when the Mets are already out of everything and irrelevant to bring ‘The Viking’ up here,” Carton said. “I want my viking now!”
The 21-year-old followed up last week’s rave reviews by striking out five in two innings during Thursday’s intrasquad game.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound right-hander is expected to start the season at Triple-A, where he’ll wait out the Super 2 deadline. The Mets handled Zack Wheeler the same way last year, ensuring they’d have the young pitcher on a discounted rate for an extra season.
“It reeks,” Carton said when the subject came up again. “If Syndergaard is that good, pay him early!”
Co-host Boomer Esiason disagreed, saying the Mets would be shooting themselves in the foot financially if they started the year with Syndergaard.
“No. I’m not waiting,” Carton replied. “And it’s not right of you to make me wait. … I was under the impression — perhaps I’m incorrect, I don’t know — that the goal is to win at the major league level and to put your best team on the field.”
Esiason told Carton he was letting his emotions as a fan get the best of him.
“‘Cause it’s stupid,” Carton said. “I have a franchise that might have a guy that’s good enough to win right now. And they’re not gonna bring the kid up here because three years from now they’re worried about money. S-A-D! Bring the kid up here right now!”
Syndergaard, acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade, went 9-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 117.2 innings between Single- and Double-A in 2013.
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