What Should We Expect in 2020?
The most pressing expectation for Syndergaard is 2020 is that he begins and ends the season as a member of the Mets. General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen recently stated publicly that the team fully intends to retain their star next year.
This is a wide move, considering the team’s real hope of contention relies on their pitching staff. For years it is the presence of deGrom, Syndergaard, and players like Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, and (free agent to be) Zack Wheeler that gave fans hope that the playoffs were a possibility. Trading Syndergaard in the wrong move could destroy that hope.
However, Syndergaard’s future goals must go deeper than simply being on the roster. The Mets need him to continue his recent steak of health while proving that he can consistently post the number he recorded over the second half of last season. Noah is simply too talented to go months at a time with an ERA of 4+. Regardless of how the catching situation plays out, more consistency is crucial.
Perhaps the best-case scenario for the Mets number two starter is that he is able to reenter the Cy Young conversation in 2020. With Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil leading a proficient offense, there is every reason to believe that the Mets’ staff will receive enough run support. Syndergaard finished 8th in Cy Young voting during his best season in 2016. Last season, he was able to post comparable numbers in strikeouts, innings pitched, and wins/loss record.
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If a return to a more normal baseball results in league-wide power number dropping, Thor could very well find himself back in the conversation amongst the best in the National League.