“It would’ve been a great win today, but I let the team down,” Syndergaard said after the game, via Newsday. “I’ll keep it short and simple. To be quite honest, the entire beginning of the season, my performances have been unacceptable. I have to be better. I will be better. There’s no excuses for it.”MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThe Mets entered the season with what appeared to be one of the best rotations in all of baseball. But, their starters have not met expectations through the first 21 games of 2019 and they finished play Sunday 28th in MLB with a 5.61 team ERA.New York manager Mickey Callaway said the team needs to improve on the mound.“(Syndergaard) knows he needs to get better,” Callaway said Sunday. “We need to get better as a pitching staff. That’s just the bottom line. We need to pitch better than we are. And we will.“(Our ERA) is high. It is high. That’s a fact. You can put any 15, 14, 12, 20 games together and it’s not going to look great. But once it’s all said and done, I really feel like we’re going to be (good).”The Mets have now lost four of their last five games and dropped to 11-10 after opening the season with wins in five of their first six. Noah Syndergaard has not been happy with his performance so far this season.The 26-year-old right-hander allowed six runs (four earned) and eight hits in five innings of work Sunday in the Mets’ 6-4 loss to the Cardinals. His ERA ballooned to 5.90 during the loss. “We need to start snapping out of it. It’s time,” Callaway said. “They’re going to get better, but we need to snap out of it soon, because we’re about to go play a tough series against a good team.”The Mets will begin a three-game series against the Phillies on Monday.
4 15 4 LIVE MONEY RAINBOW POOL OVER $1.5 MILLION ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR SEEKS SECOND TURF CLASSIC WINIn his last 21 races, Ashleyluvssugar has run in stakes 20 times, 16 against open company, winning six, including four Grade II events. Not too shabby for an eight-year-old California-bred gelding that might be long in the tooth but not short on class.Saturday, the son of Game Plan goes for his second victory in the $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank, having won it in 2017.“He’s full of vim and vigor and still acts like he wants to run,” trainer Peter Eurton said of the durable bay, earner of $1,393,039 in a 30-race career, of which he has won 10. “As long as he’s healthy, which he is, he’ll continue to run and compete at this level.”The Turf Classic is one of four stakes Saturday showcasing California-breds, the others being the $$150,000 Sprint, the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and the $100,000 Turf Sprint Stakes.TWO EDDIES ON COURSE FOR CAL CUP TURF SPRINTEddie Truman hopes the buck stops with a good post position for Teacher’s Treasure in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes for three-year-olds at about 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill grass course.The chestnut gelding by Square Eddie-Corissa’s Birthday makes his stakes debut and his second start on turf after running third on Santa Anita’s unique venue on New Year’s Day when breaking from the No. 2 post position.“I think he’s going to move a couple lengths forward off that race, especially if he draws an outside post,” Truman said. “The two hole is such a disadvantage coming down the hill.”Edgar Payeras has ridden Teacher’s Treasure in each of his four races, winning one, with one second and two thirds. “He just lost his ‘bug’ and he’s been riding at Los Al, but he’s always worked this horse for me and my owners love him,” Truman said of the 24-year-old native of Guatemala.“The horse is a homebred so he’s kind of a Cinderella story. The owners are Larry Samovar and his wife, Carolyn, who campaign as Academic Farms. They’re from Ramona and I’ve been with them 35, 40 years.“We’re big supporters of the Cal-bred program, and to finally get this mare to Square Eddie has really showed she can produce a good horse.”D’AMATO COULD RUN THREE IN F&M TURF SPRINTPhil D’Amato plans to enter Barbara Beatrice, S Y Sky and possibly Lovely Linda in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.S Y Sky returns on a seemingly short turnaround, having run second as the 7-10 favorite on Jan. 10.“That was kind of the game plan for S Y Sky as long as she came out of the race good,” the trainer said of the five-year-old Grazen mare owned and bred by Nick Alexander. S Y Sky has never been out of the money in eight starts and favored in seven them, four at odds-on.“With all the weather we’ve been dealing with, and not being able to train them too hard, her last race was kind of a blessing. She’s doing well. She breezed this morning (four furlongs in 48.60) as did Barbara (four furlongs on the training track in a bullet 48 flat), and they should be ready to go.”Joe Talamo rides S Y Sky, while Tiago Pereira pilots Barbara Beatrice for the 20th time in what will be her 21st career race. Pereira rode her in her first race way back on Jan. 11, 2015, then three more before Talamo ended the skein, but has been on the seven-year-old gray daughter of Grazen bred by D’Amato for her last 15 races in a row.SANTA ANITA GUARANTEES $2 MILLION SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOTAlong with one dollar beers and sodas, fans have a guaranteed $2 million Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Santa Anita.With Santa Anita guaranteeing a $2 million Rainbow Six Jackpot up until a designated mandatory payout (pending CHRB approval) on Feb. 2, a cascade of “new” money continues to pour into the popular 20 cent minimum wager, evidenced by Sunday’s “new” money handle of $520,286, which helped to create a total live money Rainbow Six pool of $1,540,495.For the third consecutive day, there will be a 10-race card today. Accordingly, the 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six will begin with race five, which has an approximate post time of 2:03 p.m. PT. For additional racing information and specifics on Santa Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:MCKINZIE (OUTSIDE) WORKING WITH SHOW ME DA LUTE (INSIDE) MARLEY’S FREEDOM WORKING 5 FURLONGS FOR TRAINER BOB BAFFERTFAHAN MURA WORKING AHEAD OF THE PEGASUS WORLD CUP TURF INVITATIONAL NEXT SHARES WORKING AHEAD OF THE PEGASUS WORLD CUP TURF INVITATIONAL HEAVENHASMYNIKKI PREPARING FOR THE SAM HOUSTON F&M CLASSIC NEXT SUNDAY GAME WINNER WORKING 4 FURLONGS FOR TRAINER BOB BAFFERTACCELERATE’S FINAL PREP AHEAD OF THE PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONALCATAPULT’S FINAL WORK AHEAD OF THE PEGASUS WORLD CUP TURF INVITATIONALPATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 1PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 2PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 3“QUICK QUESTIONS” WITH RICHARD MANDELLA“SHEDROW STROLL” WITH BAFFERT’S FLOR DE LA MAR FINISH LINES: Flor de La Mar ran to her notices Sunday, winning her debut race by five lengths under Joel Rosario for Bob Baffert. A $500,000 daughter of Tiznow owned by Godolphin LLC, she paid $2.40 to win. “It was perfect,” Baffert said. “Rosario just sat on her and taught her how to rate off a horse, then finished up. It was a good schooling race for her.” Baffert would not commit to her next race, saying, “I’m taking my time with her. I just want to set her up for the Kentucky Oaks (May 3). That’s the plan.” As to undefeatedGame Winner’s four furlong workout Sunday in 48.60, Baffert said, “He’s right on schedule (for the San Felipe Stakes on March 9).” Monday morning, Baffert sent Santa Anita Handicap candidate McKinzie seven furlongs in 1:25.40. It was one of 258 recorded workouts, 56 on the training track . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and resume live action Friday, Jan. 25 at 12:30 p.m. There will be simulcast racing on Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. 1 63% Richard Baltas49 $391,415 31% 8 Win% 21% Richard Mandella14 16% 22 Peter Miller47 55% $669,250 $136,892 17 $102,611 58% 9 $379,448 13% 52% $455,722 TrainerMts TRUMAN HOPES TO ‘POST’ TURF SPRINT WIN 9% 12 $626,872 44% ITM% Mike Smith29 14 5 4 34% 17% 1 12% D’AMATO HAS THREE FOR F&M TURF SPRINT $170,718 1 5 Agapito Delgadillo25 4 8% 4 $460,210 9 3rd $472,720 7 Rafael Bejarano52 Ruben Fuentes43 1st 6 45% Heriberto Figueroa75 John Sadler33 51% ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR STILL SWEET ON RACING 7% 11 1 43% $204,314 5 1 1st 4 $251,080 21% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 15 $477,349 10 3 42% 6 Martin Pedroza28 33% 8 15 6 $393,873 52% 43% Tyler Baze85 4 Geovanni Franco66 7 4 15 9 1 3rd 9 7 $567,860 44% $317,011 6 J. Keith Desormeaux27 5 17% $457,869 $91,194 13% JockeyMts 4 2nd $172,257 Joseph Talamo59 2nd 56% $209,838 4 5 Flavien Prat81 49% 6 42% 5 $80,456 Money Won 14% Assael Espinoza46 11 8 Doug O’Neill55 13 4 12 18% 15% 23% 6 6 18% 46% 21% 2 $594,791 40% Win% 41% 14% Joel Rosario85 15% 20% Jerry Hollendorfer39 5 4 27% 6 14% Steve Knapp22 Edwin Maldonado28 7 24% 41% $153,539 Jeff Mullins24 Bob Baffert31 William Morey24 6 5 5 8 5 4 26% 7 7 44% Kent Desormeaux39 9 14% 13 9 33% ITM% Drayden Van Dyke57 $1,013,602 10% 10 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 20) Money Won Tiago Pereira48 66% 6 $140,650 4 4 4 4 3 $1,361,946 $395,555 18% 42% Mark Glatt23 6 $456,713 6 4 32% 4 7 1 29% 5 59%