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By: Rob Schardt
Alright, it is time to talk about something that many people, especially Mets fans over look. As a Mets fan myself I look forward to seeing the 6’6 beast with long luscious blonde hair and a body like a super hero pitch every 5th day. I mean who wouldn’t, the man is an absolute freak of nature who throws a 100 mph fastball with a 93 mph slider. To 98% of the human population that is unhittable. On the other hand, let’s think about something. Syndergaard in has only played one full season (2016) in 3 and half years and has a career record of 28-19, an ERA of 2.92 and 494 strikeouts. These numbers are good, but not mind boggling like we see from the league’s best. Why do we look at Noah as if he is a top 3 pitcher in the league? Don’t get me wrong I love him, but is it right to put all of this pressure on him?
This morning, the team placed Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list due to strained ligament in his right index finger. Noah is scheduled to only miss one start, but with a team that has put 13 other players on the disabled list already, this is like rubbing salt in the wound. Last season, we saw one of the biggest blunders within the organization when Syndergaard refused an MRI on his right bicep and the medical staff looked passed it. This ultimately caused Syndergaard to miss the next 4 and half months and the team fell apart shortly after. The Mets starting pitching this season has yet again looked like a major flaw outside deGrom and Syndergaard.
In all honesty, why do we treat Thor as if he the Mets personal super hero and that he will save the day every 5th day? He is a human, he will struggle, and will have is ups and downs. I think it’s time for everyone to step back and stop treating him as if he the savior of the Mets. I believe the main reasons why Noah is always held to a higher standard is that he is huge, throws hard and has some of the best stuff in the league. He has also been hyped up because of his potential, which I feel is never fair to any player, but hey its apart of sports. Jacob deGrom, on the other hand has been pitching like a Cy Young candidate this year, but once more is lost in the dust of Syndergaard and the struggles of the team. deGrom currently owns a 4-0 record with a N.L league best 1.52 ERA, with 85 strikeouts.
Many fans and baseball personnel are always putting Syndergaard in the same conversation as Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Chris Sale and Justin Verlander, but personally I think the best of Thor is yet to come. It is time to let him mature even more, give him room to breathe and turn into the star everyone hopes for. Next time Noah takes the mound, just think about it, I bet you are expecting a 2 hitter with 10+ strikeouts and no runs. Don’t get me wrong, he is a top pitcher in the league and definitely has the stuff to be the best, but the time has yet to come.
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