Mets: Three Noah Syndergaard predictions for the 2020 season
First of Hopefully Many Cy Young Awards
I know some people may think this is a ridiculous stretch, but I believe there is a relatively fair argument to be made here. Coming up through the Mets system years ago, Syndergaard was one of the highest talked about prospects in baseball. Many people including myself believe he still has not reached his full potential and I think we will finally see it this year.
We have seen glimpses of Syndergaard’s full potential when he was elected to the All-Star team in 2016, threw 7 dominant innings in the wild-card game in 2016, and threw a complete-game shutout on the last day of the 2018 season. Outside of this past season, Syndergaard has been pretty dominant in his career so he should be able to bounce back nicely.
His main competition for the award will be two familiar faces, in teammate Jacob deGrom who won the last two, and division rival Max Scherzer who won it in 2016 and 2017 while finishing second and third the past two seasons. Scherzer fell off a little this past season as he fought injury and was in his age 34 season so Syndergaard could pass him this season.
deGrom will be entering his age 32 season and coming off back to back Cy Young awards with a high workload in each season so there is reason to believe he could regress, but he has been aging like a fine wine so I don’t see him regressing much if any.
With Syndergaard entering his prime years and Scherzer possibly starting to fall off a little, this could be Thor’s best time and chance to make a run at the award.