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Noah Syndergaard ‘sick and tired’ of feeling uncomfortable on mound

Noah Syndergaard suffered through a career-worst start earlier this week, and it sounds like the New York Mets ace is having difficulty finding his comfort zone on the mound.

Syndergaard was absolutely lit up in Wednesday’s 10-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs, giving up 10 runs (nine earned) on nine hits, including three home runs. The woeful start unsurprisingly left the pitcher frustrated, to say the least.

“I’m sick and tired of not being super comfortable, and kind of unathletic, on the mound,” Syndergaard said ahead of the Mets’ 4-1 loss to the Cubs on Thursday night, via the New York Post. “Something I’m trying to work on every five days.”

The mound meltdown was preceded by a career-best seven consecutive quality starts, but Syndergaard made note of how he hasn’t felt like himself for some time.

“The numbers looked good, but in terms of being comfortable on the mound, I felt the same,” Syndergaard said. “The Cubs just really exposed that.”

Syndergaard has been forced to navigate an up-and-down season, but those seven straight quality starts resulted in him lowering his ERA from 4.68 to 3.71. The ace’s performances of late — notwithstanding Wednesday’s horror show — have played an integral role in the Mets’ resurgence, though a current six-game losing streak has left the team five games back in the NL Wild Card chase.

In the end, the Mets will go as far as Syndergaard can take them, and one dreadful clunker of a start won’t cause the team to panic over their ace.