Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard to pitch one more time on Sunday
By JT. Teran
Thor will take the mound one last time in 2017 as the Mets close out the season in Philadelphia
Noah Syndergaard will make the start on the final day of the Mets season in Philly. This will be Syndergaard’s second start since coming back from the disabled list last week. He spent over four and a half months on the sidelines after tearing his lat muscle on April 30 in Washington.
In his first start back on Sunday, Syndergaard needed just five pitches to get through the first inning against the Nationals at Citi Field. He gave up one hit and got a double play to end the inning quickly.
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Mets officials had said Syndergaard would only pitch one inning regardless of how effective he was, and true to form, the Mets ace was pulled after one frame.
This next outing should be a little bit different thankfully. According to the team, Syndergaard is still on a pitch count, but this time it’ll be 25 pitches. If he keeps up his effectiveness from last Sunday, he could get through five innings. In all seriousness though, it would be great to see Thor get through at least two innings of work and maybe get into the third inning.
Syndergaard was throwing easy gas in his first start back, so it’s obvious he’s feeling healthy and ready to compete. He lit up the radar gun with his typical 98 and 99 mph fastball, a sight we had really missed seeing.
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While many questioned the idea of even bringing Syndergaard back at the end of a lost year with the risk of re-injury, it’s pretty evident that the decision has so far panned out. Getting Noah some time out there after such a nagging and long-lasting injury is sure to be great for his mental state going into the offseason. Come winter, Syndergaard won’t have to worry about rehabbing on the way back, but instead will be focused more on just getting ready for Spring Training. With so many questions already being asked going into next year, having Syndergaard not be one of them is huge.