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Noah Seth Syndergaard, nicknamed Thor, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). Syndergaard made his MLB debut on May 12, 2015. He was named an All-Star in 2016, and the Mets Opening Day starting pitcher in 2017.
The Toronto Blue Jays picked Syndergaard in the first round, with the 38th overall choice, of the 2010 MLB Draft. He signed with the Blue Jays, receiving a $600,000 signing bonus to forego his dedication to Dallas Baptist.
Syndergaard made his 2016 season debut in the second game of the season, beating the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 5. On April 12, Syndergaard struck out 12 batters, obtaining 26 swings and misses, which was the most by a Mets pitcher in 15 years. His 21 strikeouts in his first 2 starts of the season tied a club record together with Pedro Martínez and Dwight Gooden.
On April 18, Syndergaard made his third start of the season against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park pitching for his second win of the year going seven innings allowing one run, 5 hits, two walks and struck out eight. Through his first three starts, Syndergaard is 2– 0 with a 0.90 ERA, 29 strikeouts and 4 walks in 20 innings. With that he also has actually tossed a minimum of eight strikeouts while allowing no greater than one run in all 3 of his begin to begin a season in the last 100 years since Randy Johnson when he went 4 games with those stats in 1995. With those numbers, he now ranks second in Mets history with the most strikeouts in first three starts of the season with twenty-nine surpassing Tom Seaver (1971 with 28), Nolan Ryan (1970 with 28) and behind Pedro Martínez with thirty in 2005.
On May 11, Syndergaard hit two home runs for his second and third career home runs off opposing Los Angeles Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda at Dodger Stadium. He ended up being the first Mets pitcher to hit 2 home runs in a game since Walt Terrell did it on August 6, 1983 versus Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in a 4– 1 win. Both Terrell and Syndergaard are the only Mets pitchers to homer twice in the very same game and drive in all four runs. Noah became the first pitcher to hit 2 home runs in one game since Micah Owings did it for the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 18, 2007. Syndergaard’s four RBI tied a Dodger Stadium single-game record for a pitcher since Lew Burdette of Milwaukee on July 10, 1958. Syndergaard pitched 8 innings, allowed 6 hits, 2 runs and walked one while striking out six to win his first game since April 18.
For the second time in his career, Syndergaard was named the National League Player of the Week for the week of May 16– May 22. Syndergaard throughout the week went 2– 0 with a 0.00 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched. On May 28, Syndergaard had his first career ejection when the umpire felt he purposefully tossed a pitch behind the back of Chase Utley, which was considered retaliation for Utley hurting Ruben Tejada on a dirty slide in Game 2 of the 2015 NLDS.
Syndergaard returned and continued to dominate in June, including coming 2 outs shy of exactly what would have been his first career complete game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 15. Nevertheless, in his last start of the month, Syndergaard pitched terribly versus his divisional competitor Washington Nationals, as he went simply 3 innings, enabling 5 operate on 7 hits and 3 walks. He also allowed 5 stolen bases, which resulted in the 5 runs. The next day, on June 28, it was exposed that Syndergaard and teammate Steven Matz had pitching most of the season with bone spurs in the back of their pitching elbows. It was indicated that Syndergaard’s spur was less significant and it will be treated with anti-inflammatory medication. Mets GM Sandy Alderson stated that Syndergaard would not need to have the spur removed throughout the offseason.
Syndergaard rebounded after his rough start in Washington with a dazzling trip on July 3 versus the Chicago Cubs. He went 7 innings, permitting simply one run, and struck out 8 batters. On July 5, he was named to the National League lineup for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Petco Park with fellow first time All-Star Jeurys Familia and Mets manager Terry Collins, but was later on injured together with colleague Yoenis Céspedes on July 8, forcing both to miss the game. He began the 2016 NL Wild Card Game and pitched seven shutout innings, however the Mets lost to the San Francisco Giants.
Syndergaard finished eighth in Cy Young Award ballot. He also put in a three-way tie with Christian Yelich and Addison Russell for nineteenth in choosing the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player Award.
Syndergaard began on Opening Day for the Mets in 2017. Versus the Atlanta Braves, Syndergaard struck out 7 over 6 innings and got a base hit in a 6-0 Mets victory. He left the game early due to a blister on his middle finger which triggered him to get a no decision. On April 30, Syndergaard left the game after experiencing tightness in his right biceps. The next day, on May 1, he was put on the 10-day disabled list due to a torn lat muscle in his right arm. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 7.