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Mets: Noah Syndergaard needs to show he’s one of the best pitchers in MLB

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 01: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park on August 01, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 01: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park on August 01, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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The lore of New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is a lot greater than his actual performance. It’s time Thor shows us why he belongs among the best pitchers in baseball.

One look at Noah Syndergaard‘s career statistics and it’s quite clear the man has talent. Since debuting for the New York Mets in 2015, Thor has made 77 starts and one relief appearance. The result is a 30-20 record and 2.91 ERA.

Syndergaard dominates via the strikeout. Attempting to hit a home run against him is a futile effort. He’s everything you could want in a pitcher except his attendance isn’t very good.

Injuries have limited Syndergaard to only 21 starts over the past two seasons. When healthy, he has been his usual wonderful self. The problem is he’s not healthy very often.

Mets fans know Syndergaard is one of the best pitchers in baseball. It’s up to him to prove this fact.

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How can Thor live up to his Norse-god status? It’s simple. He needs to take the field every five days.

In sixth grade, I did really bad on tests. I never studied. As a result, I bombed many tests, quizzes, exams, and everything else the teachers could throw at me.

I did pass with flying colors, though. That’s because I showed up to school and I always did my homework. Those things factor into the overall grade. Whether you’re a star pitcher in New York City or a chubby sixth-grade boy in New Jersey, you have to have good attendance and put in some work.

We can call the injury-bug rough luck for Syndergaard over the past two seasons. At some point, every pitcher seems to suffer through them. I’ll give Syndergaard the benefit. Unless he misses time with chicken pox, I’ll forget about the hand, foot, and mouth disease.

Perhaps as important as playing regularly, Syndergaard needs to show us that he’s getting better. He hasn’t taken that “next step” stride toward becoming a perennial Cy Young candidate. The big guy still throws too many pitches each outing.

There are always ways Syndergaard can improve. Whether he lowers his ERA to an unfathomable level or goes for strikeout records, he needs to enter a different echelon of greatness.

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The time for Thor to drop the hammer has come. We need to see Syndergaard show us he truly is one of the best pitchers in baseball.

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