When you take a 100+ MPH fastball, electric curveball, and throw some blonde hair on it, you have Thor. Let’s look at the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard
Coming into the 2015 season, we were all kind of upset when Syndergaard didn’t make the opening day roster straight out of spring training. We all knew we’d eventually see him, but was he ever worth the wait.
In 24 games started, he had a 3.24 ERA and struck out 166 batters through 150 innings. Electric isn’t even the word to describe Syndergaard’s stuff. “Absolutely filthy” would be a phrase to better describe it (go ahead and try saying it, you won’t be disappointed).
I sometimes still can’t believe Toronto traded a guy with that kind of potential. But what made fans fall in love with Syndergaard even more was his ability to not shy away from anyone.
The 2015 postseason showed fans just how different Syndergaard was from so many others. Throwing over Alcides Escobar to start off Game 3 of the 2015 World Series was exactly what this team needed. And coming out of the bullpen in Game 5 of the NLDS that same year against Los Angeles showed everybody that no matter what, Syndergaard wanted the ball.
The one thing the postseason did that year was catapult Syndergaard into the discussion of not if he could become the ace of the staff, but WHEN he would become the ace.