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 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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 . 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: 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 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  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 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 notched 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).

As the Mets made their wild card run in September, Thor beat the Reds in Cincinnati on September 7th, pitching five shut out innings. 

On September 13th he earned no decision as the Mets beat the Nats 4-3 in D.C., Noah Threw 7 innings allowing just one run while striking out ten Nats. It was the fifth time he struck out ten or more batters in a game in 2016.

He had a bad outing, allowing five runs to the Atlanta Braves resulting in his ninth loss of the year. 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 went up against The San Francisco Giants, Madison Bumgarner.

It was all it was hyped up to be too. Syndergaard shut out & struck out ten Giants in seven innings of work. Terry Collins decision to remove him ended up being a disaster. In this day & age of set up man to closer, this game proved why its not good.

Addison Reed struggled but got through the 9th, then Mets closer Jeurys Familia who had 55 saves on the year served up a three run HR to Conner Gillaspe. Bumgarner did go the distance & shut out the Mets 3-0. It was a devastating loss.

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. 

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

As 2017 began there was lots of optimism surrounding the Mets & their staff. 

But injuries mounted as Steven Matz started the year on the DL, Matt Harvey still didn't recover to top form as a result of his surgeries, the Mets then lost Jeruys Familia for the year with a blood clot & eventually Syndergaard went down which really killed the teams chances & the year looks like a wash.

2017 season: Syndergaard started out 2017 with an Opening Day Mets victory 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 went to 2-0 as he beat the Miami Marlins in a two run nine strike out performance, pitching seven innings.

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 get. 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 MRI previously mentioned. It seemed in that Sunday game he threw hard to prove he was ok, not so, it was a disaster. The Mets never recovered without their ace, all due respect to Jacob deGrom.
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.

Personal Life: In 2017 season he was dating Boston University student, Alexandra Cooper. The two were seen around town at Knicks games & restaurants but kept a low social media profile.

In his triumphant return to the mound in 2018, Noah was considered one of the games top pitchers along with team mate Jacob DeGrom. As there was Seaver / Koosman- Gooden / Darling etc...…….. Sadly the 2018 Met squad were pathetic with their bats.

2018 Season: On March 29th he pitched six innings on Opening Day allowing four runs but earning a victory while striking out ten, as the Mets defeated the Cards 9-4. 

After a no decision, he won his second game on April 9th, in South Florida, defeating the Marlins 4-2. 

In his next start he allowed just one run into the 6th inning, while striking out a first half high of 11 batters, but earned a no decisions against the Milwaukee Brewers. He then three runs & then two runs in his next two starts, finishing with a 2.86 ERA up to that point, but got two more no decisions. No run support.

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

On May 15th he earned a win against the Toronto Blue Jays & then another in his next outing against Arizona at Citi Field.

He went on the DL for all of June and the first half of July, with a strained ligament in his right index finger, returning on July 13 to beat the Washington Nats, in a five inning one run outing. 

Quotes- Noah: "The first three innings felt pretty good in terms of what I've been working on in my delivery," he said after the game. "Kinda felt out of it the fourth and fifth inning. But it's a step in the right direction, it's encouraging. I came out it healthy and that's all that matters."

On July 21st he was placed on the 10 day DL again, this time with hand foot & mouth disease.

He was 5-1 with  strike outs in 69 innings of work & a 2.97 ERA at the break.  

Trade Rumors: There were some rumors of the Mets possibly trading him, or Jacob deGrom or Zack Wheeler. None of the rumors came to anything, thankfully for Mets fans.

In his first game back for the second half of the season, he beat the AL NY club, shutting them down to just one run over five innings. On August 1st he took a loss to the Nats in D.C. then followed up with two straight wins to get to 8-2.

After a loss to the Phillies on August 17th, he won four more straight decisions. On September 2nd, he pitched a complete game two hit, one run win over the Giants in San Fran.

In that game he matched his season high 11 strikeouts. He ended the season with yet another complete game, winning a 1-0 decision on a five hit shut out, walking no one with six strike outs.

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 season: After some off season rumors that Noah would be traded, 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. 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, while also driving in the only run, with a solo HR in a 1-0 win over Cincinnati at Citi Field. 

It was his second HR of the year, the first was at St. Louis on April 21st. He became the first pitcher since Bob Welch in 1983 to accomplish the feat. That week he earned Player of the Week honors.

Next he gave up four earned runs in San Diego but still earned a win on May 7th. 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 at 3-3.

His up & down year saw less strike outs with more no decisions & higher ERAs than he ever saw before. But, from June 9th to July 13th he won four straight decisions, highlighted by a June 9th, no run, one hit performance in seven innings against the Rockies at Citi.

No run support led to a no decision in San Francisco 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.

There were plenty of rumors flying around at the trade deadline that Noah or Zack Wheeler would be dealt. Noah to the Padres was the most popular story.  

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 Mets GM Brodie Van Wagen pulled a stunner, acquiring Marcus Stroman from Toronto & all of a sudden they had the best staff on paper & were on a seven game win streak. 

The fans were happy & Noah was happy to remain a Met as he proved in his next outings.

2nd Player Of the Week Award for 2019: On July 30th, Noah struck out a season high 11 batters, as he mowed down the White Sox, allowing one run on five hits thru seven innings, while walking one. Unfortunately he earned no decision. 

On August 4th, he helped the Mets win their ninth game in their last ten as he earned his personal 8th win with a one run three hitter thru seven innings at Pittsburgh. 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 at Kansas City where he again allowed just two runs.

On August 22nd, he shut out the Cleveland Indians for six innings at Citi Field earning his 9th win of the year, in a 2-0 Met shut out, to get to 9-6 with a 3.71 ERA. 

Twitters Battle: Before the game the Indians twitter message apologized to their fans for the teams current struggles. 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."

On August 28th, he suffered the worst outing of his career. He gave up none earned runs & nine hits in just three innings of work, against the Chicago Cubs, at Citi Field. It was clear his elbow issues were acting up.

He rebounded to shut out the Nationals for seven innings, in D.C. in September 2nd, earning his 10th win. In that game he struck out ten batters, gibing him his tghird game of double figure 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.

2019 Stats: For the 2019 season, 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.

K Batting 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 has rented a property in Palm Beach Gardens, less than an hour away from Port St. Lucie where he was under going rehab.

In 2021 his rehab was shut down on May 27th, after he had elbow inflammation. He joined the first place team in the dugout in the summer & finally threw off a mound again at the end of the July.

Career Stats: In his five year career up
to August 6th 2019, he was 46-28 with  a 3.12 ERA, 729 strike outs & 158 walks in 678 innings of work in 112 games. 

He has three career complete games & two shut outs.

A lifetime .162 hitter with six career HRs & 15 RBIs along with 7 doubles.

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

Fued With Mr. Met: Noah is very outspoken about not liking the Mets mascot Mr. Met. This long time Met fan agrees with ya Noah! 

The two have battled back & forth, in some what fun, on social media as well as publicly.

Syndergaard is weight lifting enthusiast, capable of lifting 455 lbs & dead lifting 515 lbs.

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 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.”

In March of 2020 he was suppose to rent a 27,000 a month Tribeca apartment, that boasts three terraces. He & the landlord had a public feud about monies owed, when he decided not to move in.


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