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Mets Season in Review: Noah Syndergaard

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Sep 2, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 2, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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Areas to Improve Upon

The biggest area Syndergaard could improve on for the 2017 season is holding baserunners. He allowed 48 stolen bases in 57 attempts (the most since Hideo Nomo allowed 52 stolen bases in 2001 with Boston).

Because of his big frame and long windup, it takes him longer to get the pitch to home plate. Add a below average defensive catcher to the mix in Travis d’Arnaud and you have a deadly combination for failure.

If the biggest concern with Syndergaard is keeping baserunners honest, you’d obviously take that. But it’s a cause for concern when pretty much anyone can run at will. We also saw towards the end of the year that it was a little more difficult for baserunners to run, but still pretty easy.

Another area I feel Syndergaard could improve upon are his walks. While 43 isn’t a huge number, it’s a bit much through 31 games started (compare that to Bartolo Colon’s 31 BB’s through 8 more innings last year). To correlate the two, the more baserunners you allow on by the walk, the more they’ll try to hit your reputation and attempt to run on you. If these areas could be controlled, the sky’s the limit for the success of Syndergaard.

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