Is 2019 the year New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard fully makes good on his sky-high ceiling and blows away his National League competition with a pitching season for the ages? If so, how does he finally get there?
He was a first-round (sort of) draft pick, has been a National League All-Star, got the win in the Mets’ only victory in the franchise’s most recent visit to the World Series (as a rookie), was chosen to start the 2016 NL Wild Card game for the Mets, and has been named the team’s opening day starter each of the past two seasons (2017 and 2018).
He’s a charismatic figure on Twitter, has pitched (a spear) in an episode of Game of Thrones, and goes by the spot-on super-hero nickname of Thor.
The ace of the greatest rotation in Mets history himself, Doc Gooden, went as far as naming Syndergaard the current Mets starter with the most potential – despite Jacob deGrom’s recent dominance and accompanying accolades (2018 Cy Young Award, etc.).
So what type of obstacles could possibly challenge such an accomplished young super-athlete for the upcoming 2019 season?
Here are five goals for our hero, Thor, that may take his game to even greater heights in 2019; with the Mets being that much stronger because of it.