While choosing the Cy Yuck for the Mets was not easy, neither is choosing the Cy Young for the team. However, one pitcher really stood out for the Mets in 2016. After injuries took out Matz, Harvey, and deGrom, it was Noah Syndergaard who emerged as the leader of the rotation.
In 2016, Syndergaard was an All-Star, and he had a great season. He was able to total a 14-9 record, 2.60 ERA, and 218 strikeouts. This season, Syndergaard has seemingly taken on the role of the ace of the staff. With his actions on and off the field last year, he has shown that he wants to be the best pitcher of one of the most talented rotations in baseball.
Even though the pitchers that were injured last season appear to be healthy, the Mets might be extra careful with them. Syndergaard is a bull on the mound, and there doesn’t appear to be anything that can slow him down. The extra muscle that he put on during the offseason should only help him make it deep into starts, and also to remain strong throughout the season.
As the new leader of the staff, expect to see Syndergaard as the best pitcher on the Mets, and also a candidate for the National League Cy Young.