My last prediction is unfortunate and has a caveat. Aside from the time spent on IL at the beginning of the year, I predict he’ll spend at least back to back starts injured.
This is more likely if he returns earlier than June. After such long layoffs, pitchers frequently will experience dead arm. If you combine that with the Tommy John surgery, you’ll also have the usual soreness or scar tissue break up to deal with.
Syndergaard has a history of not communicating his injuries properly or taking advice from team doctors. Hopefully, this has changed and he is as in tune with his body as the doctors presiding over him.
Again, pointing back to the handling of Matt Harvey and to a smaller extent, the time it took Zack Wheeler to get his body ready, the Mets can make an informed decision.
The last thing Noah would want to do is have a repeat of the torn lat debacle that cost him practically a season for no reason in 2017.
Noah Syndergaard is one of the most exciting pitchers in the big league when doing well. His personality is perfect for New York, his stuff is electric when completely on. I’m sure everyone would love to see him duke it out with Jacob deGrom for an NL Cy Young one day.
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Whether we get the awesome 2016 or the inconsistent 2019 Syndergaard, the Mets will be in a great place if we get something in between.