Mets: Noah Syndergaard’s lightning fast return

By Christina Cola
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 14: Noah Syndergaard
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 14: Noah Syndergaard /

If you blinked at the start of the Mets game yesterday, you may have missed the return of Noah Syndergaard.

The Mets planned to get him back on the mound at least once before the end of the season. But rather than risk a full start, they had him appear for just one inning against the Nationals. Then, it’s back to our regularly scheduled Harvey Day.

Even if for a moment, I have to say it was comforting to see Thor back out there. He had a great first inning after being away so long too. His velocity hit 98-99 on almost every pitch he threw. And while we didn’t get a chance to see any of his famous 101mph strikeouts, his performance gave us a little taste of a step in the right direction.

That being said, Syndergaard only threw 5 pitches. Trea Turner lined out to left field, Jason Werth singled off of him, and then everyone’s favorite traitor Daniel Murphy, grounded into a double play.

I understand wanting to be conservative with his arm, especially coming back from injury, and with nothing left to lose on the season. Considering the first inning didn’t demolish him, I wouldn’t mind seeing Syndergaard come back out for a few more. Even if it was just until the 3rd or 4th inning.

If the Mets wanted to give us hope for next season just by showing him off once more, they’ve got me hooked. Syndergaard on that mound was the first comforting site since Rosario and Smith made their debuts. Why not give us a bit more?

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So I suppose until the spring, you can find me watching the 2015 documentary “Tear of Joy” on repeat.