Thor will be making his return to the mound on Saturday
Prior to the first game against the Washington Nationals on Friday night, the Mets announced Noah Syndergaard will be making his return to the mound in game 2 of this weekend’s series.
The team said Syndergaard will make the start and will pitch only one inning against the 2017 National League East champions. Afterwards, scheduled starter Matt Harvey will come on in relief and will hopefully last more than one inning.
For Syndergaard, this will be his first appearance with the team since April 30. That game, against these same Nationals, was easily one of the worst Mets games in recent memory. Not only did Syndergaard tear his lat muscle after what seemed like a regular pitch, but Washington also ended up pounding the Mets 23-5. For many of us, that marked the beginning of the end for this season. Having your ace go down hurt the Mets, and they were just never able to recover after.
Fast-forward more than four and a half months later, and Syndergaard is back, and is ready to at least get back out there for a couple of appearances before the season ends.
The Mets have 10 games left in the season, so it’s conceivable that Noah could pitch one more time after Saturday is he’s still feeling good.
Mets fandom has wondered if bringing back Syndergaard to pitch this season at all is a good idea, or if the team should have just opted to shut him down and try again next spring. However, it looks like both Thor and the Mets agree that it’s best to at least let him get a feel for pitching on a big league mound again before the long days of winter arrive. Otherwise, having him be out for almost a year before throwing again against major league hitters could end up being detrimental to his return.
Let’s see what happens on Saturday, and where we go from there. My hope is that Syndergaard gets an easy 6 or 7-pitch inning, and convinces manager Terry Collins to let him go back out for a second inning of work. Hopefully this will be the last time we have to talk about Syndergaard and only pitching one inning in a very long time.