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We are slowly inching closer and closer to Opening Day, and you can feel the tension in the air. Fans are smelling that crisp, spring air to go along with the clean-cut grass smell on the diamond. But first, we must be introduced to a new force looking to use his power and might to terrorize the league. I’m talking about Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, or simply known as “Thor”.
Thor made his introduction to the MLB world last year, going 9-7 with a 3.24 ERA in 24 starts. But he really burst onto the scene during the Mets miraculous and exciting postseason run. He surely became a household name quickly, and it soon became clear that Noah’s presence would soon be felt for years to come. At a monstrous 6-foot 6 and 240 lbs., Thor commands the mound with great authority that incites fear upon his opponents. He has a great array of pitches to throw, most notably his fastball that can peak at 98-100 mph. Watching him play, you can’t help but envision a young Randy Johnson on the mound, dominating the competition one pitch at a time.
Syndergaard has slowly been working his way up to this moment. He was traded to the Mets, along with Travis D’Arnaud, from Toronto in a 2012 trade that brought knuckle-baller R.A Dickey to the Blue Jays (What a bargain for the Mets). Since then, Thor has been honing his skills in the Mets farm system, each year improving his movement and command. Now, equipped with all the tools, Syndegaard is ready to take the league by storm.
Luckily, he’s not alone. The Mets will be entering this year with quite possibly the best 5-man starting rotation that they league has ever seen. Syndergaard, Harvey, DeGrom, Matz, and soon-to-be Wheeler are poised for yet another long postseason run, and maybe even championship trophy to cap it off this time around. But no matter what struggles come about during the year (there always are), I expect Syndergaard to be the consistent piece that does not waiver in performance. He has the “stuff”, as former pitchers and scouts like to say. And keep in mind…he’s only 23. With the arsenal of pitches that he already knows how to throw with pinpoint accuracy and power, Thor is poised for a breakout 2016 campaign, and far beyond.
– J. Yellin