Former Mets Pitcher: "Thor" Noah Syndergaard (2015 - 2021)


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 superhero with his long blond hair.

 Noah throws right handed but bats left-handed. After a successful high school career, 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.

Blockbuster Trade: 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 becoming 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.

2015 NL Pennant Season & Mets Debut: 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 tuning up for the post season as he struck out 10 Nat's 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 Post Season-NLDS Game #2: With the Mets leading the NLDS Series one game to none, Syndergaard got the call for Game #2. He struck out nine along the way, pitching to the 7th inning, where 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 the 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: For Game #2 at Citi Field, 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.



2015- World Series Game #3: 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.

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 leadoff 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 . 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.

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- Noah Syndergaard: "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 had a pinch hit single, then Wilmer Flores was then hit by a pitch. Juan Uribe had a pinch-hit single bringing in Lagares making it 6-3 New York.

On a grounder to the pitcher; Franklin Morales. he froze & didn't know what to do with the ball & the bases were loaded. 

Next Mets team Captain, David Wright came through again with a two run base hit to center making it 8-3. A Yoenis Cespedes sac fly made it 9-3. The Mets won the game but would lose the series in five games.

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.





After the Pennant -2016: In a triumphant entrance to Spring Training 2016, the Big Texan strutted into camp one day riding a horse. He came alongside Yoenis Cespedes, also on horseback. Cespedes had been arriving in fancy cars each day before that.

Noah started the 2016 Mets season in Kansas City, facing the off in the world series rematch. After a long winter where everyone had time to digest Noah's comments about knocking down Alcides ("just call him Alice") Escobar.

After the Mets lost the season Opener, Noah stepped up once again shutting down the Royals over six innings allowing just a run, striking out nine, on his way to his first win of 2016. Syndergaard's legend as the team ace continued to grow.

Quotes- Noah Syndergaard: "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 any more 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 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field, striking out eight more batters. 

Trivia: He became the second pitcher in the last century, to begin a season with eight or more strike outs while allowing a run or less in his first three starts. He was 2–0 with a 0.90 ERA, 29 strikeouts & four walks in 20 innings. 

Mets History: With the 29 K's he had the most strikeouts in the first three starts any Mets season 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. 

Two HRs in a Game: On May 11th, in Los Angeles he had a huge evening. Noah pitched eight innings allowing two runs on six hits, with six strike outs to earn the 4-3 Mets win.

At the plate he hit two HRs off Dodger pitcher Kenta Maeda & drove in all four Mets runs helping himself to that win. 

On May 17th, he struck out ten Nationals shutting out Washington for seven innings, defeating Max Scherzer at Citi Field 2-0. Curtis Granderson & Michael Conforto both homered in the game.

On May 22nd, Noah 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 the Mets, Public Enemy No.1- Chase Utley (also known as Chased Utless) came to bat for the first time after injuring the Mets Ruben Tejada with a dirty slide in the 2015 NLCS.

Noah was on the mound taking charge once again, as he threw behind Utley. In another embarrassing moment for MLB, Rookie umpire Adam Hamari got nervous, jumped the gun & tossed Noah out of the game without a warning. Terry Collins came rushing out of the dugout going crazy as did Syndergaard, the Mets team & the Citi Field fans.

centerfieldmaz was in attendance that night - It became a tossup who was more hated Utley or the 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 a no decision, Noah earned a win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 15th, 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, pitching six innings allowing three runs. It was his sixth wining decision in a row getting him to 8-3.

He closed out June with his worst outing of the year, allowing five runs on seven hits in just three innings of work against the National's in D.C. 


On Sunday July 3rd, he went up against Jon Lester & the first place Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. At that point, the Cubs had the best record in baseball. But the Mets swept the Cubs once again, just as they did in last year's NLCS. Noah went seven innings striking out eight while allowing just one run.


All Star: He was named to the All-Star team by his manager Terry Collins who led the NL squad, but did not pitch. 

He had arm issues, losing four decisions from June 8th- August 11th. At that point the Mets were 10.5 games out in third place

On August 16th, in Arizona, he hit his third HR of the season, a three-run blast off Braden Shipley, 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 shutout in San Francisco, earning his 11th win. On August 27th, he notched his 12th win, a seven inning, one run two hit victory over the Phillies lowering his ERA to 2.55 on the season (3rd best in the NL).

As the Mets made their wild card run in September, Thor beat the Reds in Cincinnati on September 7th, pitching five shutout innings, as the Mets won their fifth straight.

On September 13th, he earned no decision as the Mets beat the Nats 4-3 in D.C. He pitched seven innings allowing just one run, while striking out ten. It was the fifth time he struck out ten or more batters in a game in 2016.

On September 19th, had a bad outing, allowing five runs to the Atlanta Braves resulting in his ninth loss of the year. The Braves swept that series setting back the Mets in their wild card pursuit. But the Mets won six of their last eight capturing a playoff berth.

He finished off the regular season, with a 12-1 in Miami where he allowed the one run in five innings of work, striking out eight.

He ended the 2016 Mets Wild Card season, going 14-9 with 218 strike outs (4th most in the NL) averaging 10.6 strike outs per nine innings (4th best in the NL) & a 2.60 ERA (3rd best in the NL) allowing 43 walks in 183 innings, 2.1 walks per nine innings (8th best in the NL) while making 31 starts.


2016 NL Wild Card Game: This game had a pitching matchup for the ages, as Syndergaard (14-9) / 2.60 ERA) went up against The San Francisco Giants, Madison Bumgarner (15-9 / 2.74 ERA)

Syndergaard shut out the Giants in seven innings, striking out ten. Mets manager Terry Collins decision to remove him ended up being a disaster. In this day & age of setup man to closer, the formula didn't work out well, once again.

Mets reliever, Addison Reed struggled but got through the 8th inning. Mets closer Jeurys Familia who had 55 saves on the year, served up a three run HR to Conner Gillaspie & that was that. Bumgarner did go the distance, shutting out the Mets 3-0. It was a devastating loss.

Trivia: Noah had Thor stitched into one of his pitching gloves. He has fictional names for all his gloves such as Drago, Hisenberg & Rick Grimes.

2017:  As the season began there was lots of optimism surrounding the Mets & their staff. But they suffered injuries to Steven Matz & Jeurys Familia. Matt Harvey never regained to top form as a result of his surgeries. Syndergaard went down as well, which really killed the team's chances.

Syndergaard started out with an Opening Day Mets victory over the Braves, in front of 44,384 Mets fans at Citi Field. He pitched six scoreless innings while striking out seven. He developed a blister & was removed from the game, earning no decision 

On April 9th he earned his first win, beating the Miami Marlins at home, pitching seven innings, giving up two runs while striking out nine. A no decision followed in Miami where he allowed just one earned run, in a Mets 3-2 loss. His next two starts were terrible he allowed five runs in each, three earned in the first all five in the next.

On April 27th he was scratched from a start due to tendinitis. He declined an MRI which the Mets had suggested he have. On Sunday, April 30th he was removed from the game with tightness in his right bicep. 

The next day he was placed on the DL with a torn lat in his right arm, he eventually was put on the 60-day DL. The team was blasted for not demanding him to get the previously mentioned MRI. The Mets never recovered that season.

Citi Field Honor: The Mets & Marvel Comics teamed up for a Noah Syndergaard "Thor" bobble head day at Citi Field on Saturday July 22nd 2017 in his honor




2018: In his return to the mound Noah was still considered one of the games top pitchers. He & teammate Jacob DeGrom were being compared in Mets history to Seaver / Koosman & Gooden / Darling. But the 2018 Mets had no offense finishing 14th in the NL in batting & 12th in runs scored.

On Opening Day March 29th at Citi Field, he pitched six innings allowing four runs to the Cardinals but earned a victory while striking out ten. 

After a no decision, he won his second game on April 9th, in South Florida, defeating the Marlins 4-2. On April 15th, he struck out a season high eleven batters, facing the Brewers, allowing one run, earning a no decision in the Mets 3-2 win. He pitched, well but took two more no decisions, finishing April with a 2.15 ERA.

In May he took his only loss of the first half, as he allowed three earned runs to the first place Atlanta Braves.

On May 15th he pitched five innings, allowing two runs in the Mets 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. On May 20th, he beat Arizona at Citi Field, allowing just a run over seven innings.

Syndergaard then went on the DL missing almost two months with a strained ligament in his right index finger. He returned on July 13 to beat the Washington Nats at Citi Field in a five inning one run outing, striking out just three. 

After the All Star break, on July 20th he beat Domingo German in a subway series game in the Bronx. Shutting down the AL New Yorkers to just one run over five innings.

On July 21st he was placed on the ten-day DL a with hand foot & mouth disease.

On August 1st he took a loss to the Nats in D.C. then followed up with wins over the Reds & Marlins to get to 8-2. In August his name was coming up in trade rumors as the Mets were going nowhere in the standings. Nothing came of it. 

On August 17th, he took a loss to the Phillies giving up four runs. But then Noah won four straight decisions. 

On September 2nd, he pitched a complete game two hit, one run win over the Giants in San Francisco. He matched his season high 11 strike outs & walked just one for his tenth win of the year. On September 8th, he gave up 12 hits & four runs but still earned a win as the Mets beat the Phillies 10-5. On September 14th at Fenway Park, he beat eventual World Champion Red Sox, by shutting them out for eight innings, earning his 12th win.

He ended the season with a complete game five-hit shutout against the Marlins, Sandy Alcantara. He walked no one & had six strike outs. The Mets won the game 1-0 on Todd Frazier's RBI double.

He ended the 2018 season 13-4 (most wins on the staff) with a .765 win% (2nd best in the NL) 155 strike outs, 39 walks in 154 innings with a 3.03 ERA. His two complete games & one shut out were tied for best in the NL.

2019: Thee off season once again had rumors that Noah might be traded. Nothing came of it & it was back to business at Spring Training. 

He opened the regular season with a no decision in the second game of the year. On April 4th, he allowed just two runs but took a 4-0 to the Nats. He won his next start but then lost his next two decisions. 

On April 21st, he hit his first HR of the year, in a loss at St. Louis. His ERA climbed to 6.34 after allowing 16 runs in his last three starts.

Player of the Week Award: May started out better, on May 10th he struck out ten Reds & pitched a complete game shut out at Citi Field. He also drove in the only run of the game, with a solo HR off Tyler Mahle in the a 1-0 win. 

He became the first pitcher since Bob Welch in 1983 to hit a HR & earn a 1-0 win.  That week he earned Player of the Week honors.

In his next start he gave up four earned runs in San Diego but still earned a win in the Mets 7-6 victory. On May 14th, he beat the Nats in D.C. as he pitched eight innings allowing just two runs on four hits, to get to .500 (3-3).

His up & down year, saw less strike outs with more no decisions & a higher ERA than he ever saw bin the past. 

On June 9th, he shut out the Rockies for seven innings at Citi Field & then went on to win four straight decisions to mid-July. From July 13 through July 30th, he struck out eight batters or more in four straight starts.

On July 18th, No run support in San Francisco led to a no decision as he allowed just one run through seven innings. Noah's strike outs were up again, as he struck out eight or more batters in his last three games up to July 30th.

Once again there were plenty of rumors flying around at the trade deadline that Noah was going to be traded to the Padres.  

Quotes- Noah Syndergaard: "I'm trying not to pay too much attention to that . As of right now, I love being a Met. If something were to ever change, it would definitely be bittersweet just because New York City itself, the fanbase and just the guys in this clubhouse have a special place in my heart."

Instead, the Mets & their GM Brodie Van Wagen pulled a stunner, acquiring Marcus Stroman from Toronto. The Mets believed they could compete & all of a sudden, they had one of the best itching staff's on paper & were on a seven-game win streak. 

2nd Player Of the Week Award: On July 30th, Noah struck out a season high eleven batters mowing down the White Sox in Chicago, allowing one run on five hits thru seven innings, while walking one. Unfortunately, he earned no decision in the Mets win. 

On August 4th, he pitched seven innings at Pittsburgh holding the Pirates to a run, as the Mets scored eight runs off Joe Musgrove in a 13-2 win. Noah won his 8th game of the year as the Mets won nine of their last ten. In that game he also collected two hits.

That week he earned, Player of the Week Honors.

 On August 10th, he pitched seven inning allowing just two runs in 4-3 no decision Mets win. Lack of run support earned him a loss to Mike Montgomery at Kansas City where he allowed just two runs in the 4-1 loss.

Twitters Battle: On August 22nd, before a game against the Cleveland Indians, the Indians' apologized to their fans for the teams' current struggles on twitter. In the message they called the Mets a fringed postseason team. 

Syndergaard took exception to the comment & put out a message of his own: "We got some fringe for you right here; we call it SWEEP in NYC."

That night, he shut out Cleveland for six innings at Citi Field, fanning five while earning his 9th win of the year (9-6) with a 3.71 ERA. 

On August 28th, he suffered the worst outing of his career. He gave up nine earned runs & nine hits in just three innings of work, to the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. It was clear his elbow issues were acting up.

He rebounded on September 2nd, to shut out the Nationals for seven innings, in D.C. earning his 10th win. In that game he struck out ten batters, giving him his third game of double figure's in K's on the year.

His troubles continued in the next four games, he gave up four earned runs in each game & did not pitch any further than the 6th inning, but just took one losing decision the rest of the way. 

As the Mets fell out of contention at the end of the year, he pitched seven innings in a 3-2 win over the Braves on September 29th, the final game of the season. It was clear Noah was struggling, as some questioned if he was still a top pitcher.

For 2019 Noah was 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA. He struck out 202 batters walked 50 & allowed 24 HRs in a career high 197 innings of work & 32 starts (8th most in the NL). 

At the plate he batted .092 with 2 HRs a double & 2 RBIs while striking out 47 times.

Strikeout Record: At the plate, he set an NL record from September 2, 2018 to September 13th, 2019, by striking out in 32 consecutive games.

Torn UCL & Surgery: In Spring Training of 2020, the terrible news arrived, he had a torn UCL in his right elbow. Most likely the reason he kept having elbow issues last season. He would need surgery & be shut down for a long while. 

Syndergaard underwent Tommy John surgery on March 26th, 2020, putting him out for the Covid 19 shortened season of 2020.

He rented a property in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida less than an hour away from Port St. Lucie where he was undergoing rehab.

In 2021 his rehab was shut down on May 27th, after he had elbow inflammation. He joined the Mets who were in first place in the dugout that summer. He would finally throw off a mound at the end of the July.

On September 28th he pitched one inning in a start against he Marlins. He made his last Mets start on October 3rd pitching one inning against the Braves in Atlanta.

Although the Mets tendered his qualifying offer in the off season he chose to sign with the Lo Angeles Angles for the largest one-year deal ($21 million) in franchise history.

Mets Career Stats: In his five-year Mets career Noah Syndergaard was 47-31 (47 wins in tied for 19th on Mets all-time list) with a 3.32 ERA with 777 strike outs (11th on Mets all time list) & 166 walks in 718 innings pitched in 121 appearances. He had three career complete games & two shut outs.

At the plate he batted .153 hitter (34-222) with six career HRs seven doubles & 15 RBIs.

Charity: Noah has auctioned off his gloves to raise money for the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation which raises money for Sjogren's disease which his mother suffers from.

Feud With Mr. Met: Noah is very outspoken about not liking the Mets mascot Mr. Met. (agreed) The two have battled back & forth, in some what fun, on social media as well as publicly.

Hobbies: Syndergaard is big into weightlifting & has been capable of lifting 455 lbs. while dead lifting 515 lbs.
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Appearances: He has made several appearances on TV shows such as Games of Thrones, Spoils of War, Impractical Jokers & Kevin Can Wait with big Mets Kevin James.

In the Kevin Can Wait episode, he is wearing a Halloween Viking costume. He also did voice work for Uncle Grandpa & Archer.

Personal Home: Noah lived in a two bedroom luxury condo apartment in Manhattan “One of my favorite things about living at Manhattan. I can see the entire New York City skyline, including the Empire State Building, from almost every room in my apartment.”

Post Mets Career:
At the 2022 All Str break he was 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA for the Angels in15 games pitched. His career in Orange County was short lived, as the Angels season was a disaster & Noah desired to pitch elsewhere. At the trade deadline he was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies. On August 6th he won his first Phillies start in a rain shortened game.

Upon his return to Citi Field in an August series he said "Part of the reason why I made a move to the Angels, to the west coast was just because that energy that can make New York so great & positive can also bite you in the butt, especially what I'm going through now, a little dip in velocity".

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