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New York Mets: Five goals for Noah Syndergaard in 2019

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29: Noah Syndergaard
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29: Noah Syndergaard
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Pitcher Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets holds his side after getting hit by a line drive off the bat of Cesar Hernandez #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning of a game at Citi Field on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 10-5. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

2019 Goal #1: Health

The most obvious, yet critical, thing that Syndergaard must do in 2019 is remain healthy. To a certain degree this is out of his control, but meeting any of the challenges below will prove next to impossible without a full season of relative health from Noah.

Missing significant time each of the last two seasons has prevented Noah from being able to build on his starts long enough to grow into what he can be as a pitcher, or harness the in-season momentum needed for him to truly break through.

A season uninterrupted by injury could pave the way for all kinds of glorious achievements as the young right-hander from Texas continues to grow as a pitcher.

Doc is right, Syndergaard could become the best pitcher in – the Mets rotation. He’s that good.

Before 2017’s injury-issues, Syndergaard was actually thought of as the only one of the Mets’ young fab-five arms that were unbreakable – by the fans and the organization alike. He was just a big, strong country kid that you could run out there as much as needed to throw triple-digit gas whenever he let it go.

Considering the ”decline an MRI because you don’t think you need it only to go down with a serious lat injury the very next start” controversy, the mighty Thor may have bought into this impervious image of himself as well.

And now, between the lat issue in 2017 and the more frequent, but less serious health issues (a strained finger ligament and later an unusual bout of hand, foot, mouth disease) in 2018, Syndergaard is more-widely viewed as a potential health-risk than anything close to an iron-man (sorry, wrong superhero) – which he could easily revert back to.

The up and down nature of preparing for a season, getting going, then to being sidelined, recovering, and ramping back up for game play again, actually coming back, then having to repeat the cycle all over again later in the season is not a formula for pitching success.

Despite this, however, Syndergaard pitched to a 13-4 record with a 3.03 ERA, averaging a strikeout per inning in 2018.

But what is a beginning of the prime of his career Syndergaard actually capable of if fully healthy for an entire season this year?

Well, here are a few more goals that may help answer that.