Noah Syndergaard Gets Ready to Drop the Hammer on the Majors
His time has come.
Noah Syndergaard, replacing an injured Dillon Gee in the new York Mets’ rotation, will make his big league debut tonight against the Chicago Cubs.
Syndergaard— a fitness buff, got his nickname “Thor” when he dressed up as the Nordic superhero and tweeted a photo of himself in full garb while doing squats—was mowing down hitters at AAA Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League. He racked up a 3-0 record with a minuscule 1.82 ERA. He features a high 90s fastball and sparking breaking stuff to induce swing and misses.
So when Gee went on the disabled list with groin injury, the Mets decided to call up the right-handed fireballer, though the Mets also gave 23-year-old lefthander Steven Matz strong consideration, according to Mets.com.
For a while, several Mets’ officials within the organization believed that Syndergaard lacked the maturity to deal with the majors. That was evident when third baseman David Wright and starting relief pitcher Bobby Parnell took umbrage to the 22-year-old eating lunch in the clubhouse during a Grapefruit League game in spring training. Parnell proceeded to dump his meal in the garbage to send him a message.
Incident aside, in my opinion, New York would’ve kept him the minors for an extend stay. It seems like it has helped the 6′, 6″ pitching stud hone his craft, and dominate opposing batters in the hitter friendly PCL.
Syndergaard is currently ranked as the Mets’ No. 1 prospect and No. 11 overall in baseball, according to MLB.com. He came in the deal that also landed catcher Travis d’Arnaud for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who had just won the Cy Young Award.
If the things go well for Syndergaard, the Mets could be looking at a potential fierce rotation.
New York’s already ranked second in the NL in staff earned run average–behind the Cardinals—with a 2.99 rotation ERA. It also gives the Mets room for a potential deal that could bring them back some much needed offense or a relief help.
For now, Syndergaard will have to prove his belongs in the Bigs. It all starts tonight at Wrigley Field against the Cubs’ potent lineup.