Aug 28, 2016

2015 NL Champion Mets Pitcher: "Thor" Noah Syndergaard (2015-2016)

Noah Seth Syndergaard was born August 29th, 1992 in Mansfield Texas. The big six foot six right handed flame thrower is nicknamed Thor for his resemblance to the super hero with his long blond hair. Noah pitches right handed as mentioned but bats left handed. After a successful high school carreer, he was selected in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays (the 38th pick overall).

In 2011, his first season at A ball (three teams) he struck out 68 batters in 59 innings going 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA. In 2012 he was traded to the New York Mets along with Travis d'Arnaud & John Buck for R.A. Dickey & Josh Thole & Mike Nickeas.

In 2013 Noah pitched at A ball St. Lucie, earning an All Star spot, going 3-3 with 64 strike outs in 63 innings. He was promoted to AA Binghamton where he was 6-1 blowing hitters away with 69 Ks in just 54 innings of work. He was highly touted & soon became the top ten prospect in the country. He was also selected to the 2013 All Futures Games.

On 2014 he pitched at AAA Las Vegas with former Met Frank Viola as his pitching coach. A 9-7 season with a league leading 145 strike outs in 26 games followed and it was only a matter of time he joined the Mets young staff that already had All Star Matt Harvey & NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom.

Trivia: After posting a pitcher of himself dressed as the superhero Thor while lifting weights, he soon earned the nick name & the moniker stuck. It seemed almost a perfect fitting name.

He attended Mets Spring Training and after a lunch incident where he unintentionally didn't sit where rookies would sit & captain David Wright publicly balled him out. Noah started at AAA Las Vegas, going 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA, but not for long.

On May 12th 2015 Noah Syndergaard made his long awaited debut. It came in Chicago, although he allowed three runs on six hits & took the loss, he struck out six & the Noah Syndergaard "Thor Era" had begun in New York. On May 17th he got his first win, beating the Milwaukee Brewers in six inning one run performance. After a loss to Pittsburgh on a bad Mets weekend where they got swept, Syndergaard pitched his best game to date. He shut out the Phillies going into the 8th inning, striking out six on his way to win #2.

June began with two losses & two no decisions, before closing out the month with an impressive 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

On July 10th he struck out his season high 13 batters in an eight inning one run victory over the Arizona d-backs at Citi. As July ended the young Rookie was at 5-5 with a solid 2.70 ERA with 85 strike outs.

It all turned around for the Mets in August, with Yoenis Cespedes carrying the club and new additions Michael Conforto, Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, Tyler Clippard & Steven Matz all contributing.

On August 2nd Noah had a big win, beating the Washington Nats at Citi Field in a Mets series sweep, as they took over first place in the NL East. Noah struck out nine, allowing two runs pitching eight solid innings. He & Lucas Duda earned co-Player of the Week Awards.

He had a tough loss at Tampa where he gave up five runs, matching what would be his season high runs allowed. He went 2-0 with two no decisions the rest of the month. On September 19th he took a 5-0 loss in the subway series at Citi Field.

On Friday September 25th, he earned his final victory of the regular season, as the Mets got to within one game of clinching the NL East. Noah went into the 8th inning striking out 11 batters with his ninth victory. He had more outing, a meaningless one as the Mets had clinched the division but Noah was tunning up for the post season as he struck out 10 Nats in seven innings.

He ended the 2015 season at 9-7 with 166 strike outs, 31 walks in 150 innings of work posting a 3.24 ERA, fine numbers for the rookie pitched who debuted in May.

With Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey & Steven Matz the Mets rotation was one of the teams best ever, one of the leagues best & were ready to head into the post season.

2015 NLDS Game #2: With the Mets leading the NLDS Series one game to none, Syndergaard got the call for Game #2. Although he struck out nine along the way, pitching to the 7th inning, he left the game up 2-1 with two men on. Bartolo Colon allowed a run scoring fielders choice & Addison Reed gave up a pair of doubles as the Mets took a 5-2 loss, evening the series. Zack Greinke was too much for the Mets in a game  highlighted by Chase Utley (Utless) dirty slide taking out the Mets Ruben Tejada sat second base. Tejada would go off the field on a stretcher & be done for the remained of the post season.

2015 NLCS Game #2: In Game #2 at Citi Field, it was another of Terry Collins young pitching studs on the mound for the Mets, it was Noah Syndergaard's turn to show off his stuff. In the 1st inning, he started out the game with a strike out & ended the inning striking out Anthony Rizzo.

In the 3rd, he gave up a walk but also struck out the rest of  the batters in the inning. Thor then rolled through the next two inning, retiring the sides in order with two more K's.

In the 6th he gave up two hits including an RBI double to Chris Bryant. Terry Collins came out & removed him, as he exited to a huge ovation. Noah went 5.2 innings, one run on three hits, one walk & nine strike outs.

Jonathon Niese made his first post season appearance & struck out
Anthony Rizzo to end any hope of a Chicago threat. The Mets got good relief efforts from, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard & Jeruys Familia on their way to the win & a two games to none NLCS lead. They would go to Wrigley Field & sweep the Cubs in four straight getting to the World Series.

Friday October 30th 2015- World Series Game #3 -Citi Field, Queens New York.

In classic New York Mets style, Billy Joel sang the National Anthem & former Met; Mike Piazza threw out the ceremonial first pitch. A full house roared as the Mets took the field for the first time in a World Series game at Citi Field. The Mets entered the game down two games to none in this world series.

Mets Manager Terry Collins sent Noah Syndergaard (9-7 / 3.24 ERA / 166 Ks) known in New York as Thor, to the mound against Ned Yost's Royals hurler; Yordano Ventura (13-8 / 4.08 ERA / 156 Ks). The Mets needed a big night from Thor to get back into the series & the 23 year old super hero delivered.

Thor started out the game by throwing a high tight one, sending Royals lead off hitter Alcides Escobar to the dirt. He also sent a message, you guys ain't in Kansas no more!

His fastball was working well & the crowd presence was known. But the Royals are tough, a Ben Zobrist double & a Lorenzo Cain infield hit led to a run as Eric Hosmer grounded into a force.

In the home 1st inning, Curtis Granderson led off with a base hit. And then in dramatic fashion a slumping David Wright, let it be known, it is his town, as the Captain blasted a long two run HR to the left field stands.

In the 2nd the Royals scrapped up two more runs, there was a bad call that didn't go Thor's way that should have been a strike out but wasn't. Singles by Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon & Alex Rios led to a run. Then a passed ball gave KC the 3-2 lead.

From there Thor settled down & put the hammer down. He retired 12 in a row getting through six innings. He would allow three runs on seven hits, six strike outs & two walks, giving the Mets just what they needed.

Tonight the offense helped him out as well. In the home 3rd, Syndergaard helped his own cause by driving a base hit to right field. Then "The Grandyman" delivered once again as he lined a HR just over the right field wall down the line just fair. The Mets took a 4-3 lead and never looked back.

In the 4th Lucas Duda doubled to lead off & Travis d'Arnaud doubled putting runners on the corners with no one out. Michael Conforto then collected an infield single bringing in Duda making it 5-3 Mets. The Royals attempted a come back in the 5th inning, but Syndergaard got out of trouble with the bases loaded & killed their momentum.

After the game the Royals complained about Thor's opening pitch which certainly sent a message to them & got them a bit uneasy.

Quotes: Syndergaard said "It's my plate out there not theirs." " I certainly wasn't trying to hit the guy, I just didn't want him getting too comfortable. If they got a problem  with it they can meet me sixty feet six inches from the plate I have no problem with that."

As Thor exited, the Mets added to their lead with a big 6th inning. With one out, Juan Lagares came through with a pinch hit single & then Wilmer Flores was then hit by a pitch. Next Juan Uribe came through with a pinch hit single bringing in Lagares making it 6-3 New York.

The next play was a grounder to the pitcher; Franklin Morales. Morales didn't know what to do with the ball & everyone was safe, bases loaded. Next up, Captain David Wright came through again with a two run base hit to center field. Flores & Uribe both scored, making it 8-3. A Cespedes sac fly made it 9-3. 

The Mets got great relief from Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard & Jeryus Familia. as threw a perfect 7th inning. Reed has now appeared in six post season games (4.2 innings) allowing one run on two hits with two Ks.

Trivia: Noah Syndergaard is the second youngest Mets pitcher to earn a win in a World Series game. Gary Gentry is still the youngest, winning game #3 at Shea in 1969 against the Baltimore Orioles.

In a triumphant entrance to Spring Training, the Big Texan strutted into camp one day riding a horse along with Yoenis Cespedes who had been arriving in fancy cars each day.

Noah started the 2016 Mets season in Kansas City, after a long winter having everyone digest his comments about knocking down Alcides (just call him Alice) Escobar.

After the Mets lost the season Opener, Noah stepped up once again as he shut down the Royals in six innings allowing just a run striking out nine on his way to his first win. Syndergaard's legend as the team ace continued to grow.

Quotes: Syndergaard has said, "I feel like most people think I'm kind of this quiet guy, but when I'm on the mound . I try to be as intimidating as possible. I try to use that as a weapon of mine. I feel like I'm on top of the world when I'm on the mound."

On April 12th the anemic Mets lineup couldn't muster up anymore than one run against the Miami Marlins & Syndergaard's seven inning one run, 12 strike out performance was wasted on a no decision.

On April 18th he went to 2-0 with a win over the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Through his first three starts, Syndergaard was 2–0 with a 0.90 ERA, 29 strikeouts and four walks in 20 innings. With that he also had thrown at least eight strikeouts while allowing no more than one run in all three of his starts to begin a season which had only been done once before in the last 100 years. With that he now ranks second in Mets history with the most strikeouts in first three starts of the season with twenty-nine passing Tom Seaver (1971) Nolan Ryan (1970) & Pedro Martinez (2005).

In May he suffered two losses in a row before rebounding with three straight victories. On May 11th he went eight innings in Los Angeles in a 4-3 Mets win.

But even more impressive was that he hit two HRs & drove in all four Mets runs helping himself to that win. On May 17th he struck out 10 Nationals shutting out Washington for seven innings in another win. On May 22nd he won his third straight start beating the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field in a one run 11 strike out performance.

On May 28th Noah was on the hill for a big game at Citi Field where the team honored the 1986 World Champion Mets. It was also the first game in which Public Enemy No.1- Chased Utless came to bat for the first time after injuring the Mets Ruben Tejada with a dirty slide in the 2015 NLCS.

Noah on the mound taking charge once again threw behind Utley & a rookie umpire got nervous jumped the gun & tossed Noah out of the game without a warning. It was another embarrassing moment for MLB.

centerfieldmaz was in attendance that night & it was a toss up who was more hated that night Utless or the busch league ump.

After a relief appearance on May 31st where actually earned a hold, Noah was back for a winning start in Miami on June 3rd. After another no decision, Noah earned a win against the Pittsburgh Pirates where he went into the 9th inning, allowing two runs on five hits striking out eleven batters. It was the fourth time he had reached double figures in strike outs this season.

On June 22nd the Kansas City Royals visited Citi Field & Noah beat them once again, winning his sixth decision in a row getting him to 8-3.

He closed out June with his worst outing of the year it came in D.C allowing five runs on seven hits in just three innings of work taking the loss. On July 3rd, he had a big outing against the mighty Chicago Cubs who had the best record in baseball. At that time the Mets swept the Cubs once again, with Noah going seven innings striking out eight allowing just one run.

He was named to the All Star team by his manager Terry Collins, but did not pitch as he suffered some arm issues and went 0-4 into mid August.

On August 16th in Arizona, he hit another HR, his third of the season, driving in two runs with the blast, leading the Mets in a 7-5 win. After beating the d-backs that night, Noah seemed to regain form.

On August 21st he pitched an eight inning two hit shut out in San Francisco, earning his 11th win. On August 27th, he nothched his 12th win, a seven inning, one run two hit victory lowering his ERA to 2.55 on the season (3rd best in the NL). His 184 Ks were fourth best in the NL & his HRs per nine innings ratio was the leagues best at 0.58.

Trivia: Noah has Thor stitched into one of his pitching gloves. In fact he has fictional names for all his gloves such as  Drago, Hisenberg & Rick Grimes. He also auctions his gloves for charity against the disease Sjogren's Disdease in wich his mom suffers from.

Thor is also a deicated weight lifter, capable of squatting 455 lbs & deadlifting 512 lbs.

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