How He Fared in 2016
He made it the entire season, so that was obviously a plus for this team!
While everyone dropped like flies, Syndergaard and Bartolo Colon (go ahead and let the tears out, Mets fans) were the only two starters to be around for the entire season. We all knew Syndergaard’s stuff was bar-none, but we wanted to know if he could continue to be a dominant force for an entire season.
People forget that 2016 was Syndergaard’s first full season at the major league level. He didn’t disappoint at all, pitching to a 14-9 record through 31 games started. In 183.2 innings pitched, he struck out 218 people and had an ERA of 2.60. While the wins weren’t as high as people may have thought, having an earned run average not hit 3 is pretty impressive.
With hard throwers, they usually fatigue towards the end of the season. Add in a ridiculous curveball and slider hitting nearly 95 MPH, and you’d understand why someone’s arm might wear down. But not Noah Syndergaard, who even pitched through bone spurs. With all of the injuries, when the Mets needed him the most, Thor was there for them.
And he proved it in the 2016 NL Wild Card game, when he allowed only two hits and struck out 10 through 7 innings pitched (SF won 3-0).