Should Noah Syndergaard pitch in the beginning, middle, or end of games?
Finally, I want to know one more thing. What kinds of innings will Syndergaard pitch?
If it’s the beginning, possibly even as an opener-type reliever, not much changes from what we have seen in the past. He’s on a starting pitcher program and his workload is limited. I kind of like the idea of Syndergaard throwing two innings and then asking Rich Hill to clear out the next five. Those two have a different style and could do some nice trickery on the opponent. Of course, Hill needs to be able to thrive in a semi-relief role.
Syndergaard is probably bound to pitch middle innings especially if he’s able to go more than one frame. I’m not sure he’s worth pulling from the bullpen in a potential blowout. If a Mets starter gets rocked early, let’s save those very early frames for a guy who needs to get work experience.
Late innings from Syndergaard intrigue me. What if the Mets use him almost like a secondary closer? It has worked with Seth Lugo in the past. On days when Edwin Diaz is unavailable, Syndergaard might be the finest choice to go in the eighth and ninth.
A lot of this depends on how quickly Syndergaard is able to return to action and how his arm feels. Tommy John Surgery is never a given. His free agency after this year will also play a factor as he’ll want to cash in this winter and not push himself out of the league forever due to yet another major injury.
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The best choice of all is for Syndergaard to simply get back on the mound. The Mets are a different ball club with him on the active roster. The most recent man in franchise history to win a playoff game, it’ll be good to have him back.