Noah Syndergaard’s returns to form
As mentioned earlier, the Mets starting rotation is in flux. deGrom is going to continue his amazing run he is on. But who knows what Stroman has to offer after a year off, or if Matz can even be a reliable arm? As for the free agent market, there is a steep drop off from Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer, and even he has been inconsistent from year-to-year.
With so many questions in the rotation, the Mets are going to be counting down the days until the return of Noah Syndergaard. “Thor,” who is coming off of Tommy John surgery, is hoped to return around June to the All-Star break in July. Should this happen, Syndergaard would return to pitch through at least all of September and October. In other words, just in time for a playoff push.
Of course, Noah Syndergaard is unlikely to return to his 2016 All-Star self, where he pitched a 2.60ERA with 218 strikeouts. But it is not impossible to think that this long break could allow him to return to a dominant form. Syndergaard has always had the talent to be a high-end starter and is certainly eager to return to the mound.
Should Syndergaard return, he immediately provides a dangerous hurler to the Mets rotation. It is easy to forget that with the exception of his 4.28ERA in 2019, Syndergaard’s previous career-low ERA was 3.24 his rookie season.
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Look out Atlanta Braves, because if the Mets add a healthy and hurling Noah Syndergaard to their already super-talented roster, they will be coming for that NL East crown in 2021.