New York Mets fans and Noah Syndergaard have a complicated relationship.
We love him, his fire, and his passion. What we don’t love, is the sometimes failed hype, inconsistency, and lack of playing time.
With that being said, this may very well be the final season for Thor donning the blue and orange, so here are some predictions on how this season may go.
The first prediction is that Noah Syndergaard will battle management over playtime. He will claim to be ready for opening day, but the Alderson led Mets will hold him until May/June.
Of course with Noah being the stubborn competitor he is, he will not be happy and publicly talk about it. There may even be a few memes and shirtless pictures of him throwing to run the point home.
However, when he returns he’ll be placed on innings limits. This means we will frequently see the ball come out of his hands in five innings or less. Again, this will not make him happy.
How the Mets manage these innings is important if they are truly playoff contenders. If he comes back too early, it’s doubtful they will push him past the 180 innings limit. Alderson is well aware of what happened to Matt Harvey when pushed in 2015.
If they bring him back in May or June, he can be a great addition to a team that will hopefully be playing well already or a sparkplug to a team that’s skirting along.
Regardless, it is important to have a healthy and available Noah Syndergaard for the playoffs.