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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 selected Syndergaard in the first round, with the 38th overall selection, of the 2010 MLB Draft. He signed with the Blue Jays, receiving a $600,000 signing bonus to bypass 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 along 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 7 innings allowing one run, five hits, two walks and struck out 8. 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 tossed a minimum of 8 strikeouts while enabling no more than one run in all three of his starts to begin a season in the last 100 years since Randy Johnson when he went four games with those statistics 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 became the first Mets pitcher to hit two home runs in a game since Walt Terrell did it on August 6, 1983 against 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 same game and drive in all 4 runs. Noah became the first pitcher to hit two home runs in one game since Micah Owings did it for the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 18, 2007. Syndergaard’s 4 RBI tied a Dodger Stadium single-game record for a pitcher since Lew Burdette of Milwaukee on July 10, 1958. Syndergaard pitched eight innings, allowed six hits, two 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 deliberately threw a pitch behind the back of Chase Utley, which was thought about retaliation for Utley hurting Ruben Tejada on a filthy 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 versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 15. However, in his last start of the month, Syndergaard pitched terribly versus his divisional competitor Washington Nationals, as he went simply 3 innings, permitting 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. He also allowed 5 stolen bases, which led to 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 stimulates in the back of their pitching elbows. It was suggested that Syndergaard’s spur was less substantial and it will be treated with anti-inflammatory medication. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that Syndergaard would not have to have the spur eliminated during the offseason.
Syndergaard rebounded after his rough start in Washington with a dazzling getaway on July 3 against the Chicago Cubs. He went 7 innings, enabling 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 very first time All-Star Jeurys Familia and Mets manager Terry Collins, but was later on injured along with colleague Yoenis Céspedes on July 8, requiring both to miss the game. He began the 2016 NL Wild Card Game and pitched seven nothing innings, but the Mets lost to the San Francisco Giants.
Syndergaard finished eighth in Cy Young Award voting. He also positioned in a three-way tie with Christian Yelich and Addison Russell for nineteenth in electing the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player Award.
Syndergaard started on Opening Day for the Mets in 2017. Against the Atlanta Braves, Syndergaard struck out 7 over six 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 obtain 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 placed 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.