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Syndergaard gets a whinny . . . at Saratoga

In this image provided by the Coglianese Photos,

In this image provided by the Coglianese Photos, Syndergaard, ridden by John R. Velazquez, wins the Funny Cide Stakes horse race Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Photo Credit: AP

Noah Syndergaard pitched against the Phillies on Saturday night. A day earlier, a horse named after him won the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga by eight lengths.

Syndergaard, a 2-year-old colt, is an early favorite for next year’s Kentucky Derby.

According to the New York Racing Association, winning trainer Todd Pletcher said: “Yeah, he came with the heater today.” And track announcer Larry Collmus said Syndergaard was “throwing the hammer down.”

Syndergaard the pitcher’s nickname is “Thor.” And he throws the ball hard.

No word if Syndergaard the horse has a flowing mane like the pitcher. Unlike the horse, Syndergaard has never gone the distance. He has zero career complete games.

Syndergaard famously rode a horse into the Mets’ spring training camp this year along with Yoenis Cespedes.

A horse named DeGrom also ran on Friday, but didn’t fare as well. DeGrom, named after Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, finished third in the fifth race at Monmouth. DeGrom the pitcher is currently on the shelf as the Mets have decided to skip his next start Monday. Rafael Montero will start against the Marlins in his place.

Ruggiano to DL

The Mets placed outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury and recalled infielder T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Ruggiano left Friday’s game after five innings because of the injury, which he aggravated on a swing.

Rivera, who was sent down on Friday when Neil Walker came off the paternity list, never left New York. Manager Terry Collins said Rivera, an infielder by trade, has started taking fly balls as the Mets have a shortage of righthanded-hitting outfielders until rosters expand on Thursday.

What about Conforto?

Michael Conforto was hitting .513 in his last 10 games for Triple-A Las Vegas going into Saturday night. He likely will be recalled on Thursday. But will he play?

“When we get him back in here, he’s got to do what he did last year,” Collins said. “The one thing we don’t need is another guy that’s struggling.”

That’s wild

The Mets beat the Phillies on Friday but didn’t gain any ground on any of the four teams ahead of them for the NL’s two wild-card spots. But the Mets aren’t scoreboard-watching yet.

“I didn’t know that ‘til I got to the ballpark today and went through the notes,” Collins said. “We can’t worry about anybody else. If we just take care of our own business and we get a streak together, we’ll be where we want to be because we’ve got to play those teams yet. We’ll worry about that when we play them.”— With The Associated Press

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