Noah Syndergaard wasted no time putting on another show for us today.
After his last start where some were concerned about his velocity’s slight dip (though really it’s not that bad considering it’s dipping from 100mph), Thor reminded us what he can really do. In fact, it made his last start seem like he was hustling us a bit. As though he could throw 101mph with ease, but he can also choose not to and be just as effective.
Today, however, he fanned 7 Nationals in a row. That list includes the likes of Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, and Anthony Rendon. A murderers row of hitters as far as the Mets are concerned. And perhaps the icing on the cake was his nonchalant attitude about the whole outing:
If Thor is throwing this well, and he doesn’t even consider it midseason form, just get the Cy Young award ready right now. He’s knocked his ERA down to a beautiful 1.08 and has 13 strikeouts over the course of his last 8 innings. While Mickey Callaway hasn’t named a starter for Opening Day just yet, don’t be too surprised if it’s Syndergaard.
Jacob deGrom is set to make his spring debut on Friday. There’s still plenty of time for him to compete for that March 29th start. Most assumed that deGrom would be the Opening Day starter after his strong season last year. As well as winning the prize for last pitcher standing from a disappointing rotation.
Regardless of who is on the mound come the end of March, knowing that Thor and deGrom are going to be the one-two punch should be very comforting to Mets fans. Not to mention, Matt Harvey has also looked much better this spring. Better than he has in quite some time. It would definitely solidify the Mets as a threat in the NL East.