Noah Syndergaard is a strong candidate to become the next face of the Mets franchise.
David Wright, Captain America himself, is the current face of the Mets franchise. However, anyone can see that even Cap’s time is limited due to injuries and a natural decline with age.
Many saw Matt Harvey, The Dark Knight, as the next face of the Mets after his debut. Harvey embraced New York City and quickly achieved stardom. He even started the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field.
However, Harvey’s time in Flushing will most likely end within the next three years. Unless the Mets and Scott Boras reach an unlikely agreement during the 2018 off-season, Matt Harvey may not even spend his best years with the Mets.
Enter Noah Syndergaard:
The Mets flamethrower, appropriately nicknamed Thor, quickly won the hearts of Mets fans in 2015 both on the field and off the field. Although Syndergaard’s time with the team has been brief, he has been extremely impressive.
Syndergaard sports one of the most potent repertoires in all of baseball.
His average fastball velocity of 97.1 MPH led the league’s starting pitchers in 2015. He can be seen throwing 100 MPH or faster on a good day. Thor also sports a vicious hammer.
I’m not talking about his Mjolnir either. Syndergaard bears a true hook from hell as opponents bat just a measly .168 against it. The giant 82 MPH curveball is the perfect pitch to complement an upper 90s fastball.
Syndergaard possesses the repertoire of a pitcher poised for greatness.
However, perhaps more impressive than Noah’s repertoire is how he makes use out of that repertoire.
Syndergaard posted a 3.24 ERA and accumulated 166 strikeouts in 150 innings. While not providing Harvey or Jacob deGrom level ERAs yet, Syndergaard is also only 23 and will only get better by age.The case could be made that by the time Syndergaard hits his
The case could be made that by the time Syndergaard hits his mid-20s he will be a much better pitcher than Harvey or deGrom in their mid-20s.
Noah’s strikeout rate is also among the best in baseball. If he is healthy for the entire season, he is one of the front-runners to lead the league in strikeouts.
Syndergaard will become one of the most daunting pitchers in the league as he masters his lethal repertoire.
While Syndergaard can certainly be a Mets icon on the field, he also profiles as a Mets icon off the field.
Every baseball great also needs a killer nickname. Wright earned the name Captain America after his clutch hitting in the World Baseball Classic. Harvey earned the name, The Dark Knight, after being the first of the many young arms to surface, and becoming a symbol of hope to Mets fans.
Noah continues this trend of Mets superheroes with his nickname, Thor.
The tall figure and flowing blonde hair are extremely reminiscent of the marvel superhero. However, Noah also throws extreme heat and owns a killer hammer to fit the persona. It is easy to root for the man called Thor.
Syndergaard proved that he and the Mets were not to be pushed over by anyone during the World Series.
He made a statement by throwing the first pitch of the game a little more inside than Alcides Escobar anticipated. After the game Noah released a statement:
“If they have a problem with me throwing inside then they can meet me 60-feet, six-inches away. I’ve got no problem with that.”
He provided a tremendous game 3 win for the Mets and showed that the Mets would not simply back down to the Royals.
Noah also has a tremendous social-media presence. More specifically, he has a tremendous following on twitter and delivers tweets that excite Mets fans and show his personality.
Noah is also embracing living in New York. Syndergaard spent his offseason in New York attending various sporting events and enjoying his fame. He made appearances at Knicks, Islanders, and Giants games. Syndergaard is quickly becoming famous as a New York athlete.
Syndergaard has all of the elements to be the next face of the Mets. He dominates opposing hitters with his dynamic repertoire on the field. Off the field, Syndergaard shows personality and shows his competitiveness. Syndergaard won the hearts of Mets fans in 2015 and there is no reason to believe he will cease doing so in 2016.
Not to mention, he has a cool nickname and some awesome hair.
*All statistics via FanGraphs