Noah “Thor” Syndergaard has been on an absolute tear this spring training. The scary part about that? Both he, and his teammates, doesn’t believe he has his best stuff going for him right now.
Syndergaard got his nickname in 2013 when he dressed in full “Thor” regalia when squatting in the weight room. Since then, the 6-foot 6-inch right hander has embraced the responsibility that comes with the power.
The Mansfield, Texas native struck out 7 straight batters in the New York Mets 8-5 win over the Washington Nationals Thursday, dominating the lineup. As impressive as that is in 3 ⅓ innings, Thor was the first to criticize himself stating, “I wouldn’t say I’m in midseason form yet.” Later on his catcher, Kevin Plawecki, similarly said, “I honestly don’t think he had his best stuff today.”
The 25 year old is coming off a shortened season where he only had 7 starts, hurling 30 ⅓ innings, while nursing a torn lat he suffered in April.
Syndergaard appears to be back and ready to go as he has pitched 8 ⅓ innings in 3 starts, striking out 13, this spring. Thursday he was consistently showing off his dominance sitting in the upper 90’s. While that is impressive this early in the season, during his debut this spring, Thor threw 11 pitches that clock in at over 100 miles per hour.
While the Mets started the spring off with the injury bug, it appears as though their pitchers have been dominating. With a rotation including Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, and Jacob deGrom, they are bound to be competitors in the 2018 season.
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