Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard’s fastball velocity was selected as the thing worth the price of admission for the New York Mets.
The New York Mets have very high expectations for the 2017 season. They have qualified for the postseason for two consecutive seasons, making it all the way to the World Series in 2015. The hope is to make it back to the World Series again.
There is no question that the Mets are talented enough to make a World Series run. They have arguably the best starting rotation in baseball on paper and a deep lineup. Health will be the big question mark for the Mets.
Injuries derailed the Mets last season. David Wright is a huge question mark at third base. Neil Walker had back troubles as well. Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom both ended the season on the disabled list. Zack Wheeler never made it back to the field. Steven Matz was on the DL for lengthy periods of time as well.
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The one star missing from that laundry list of injuries is Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard had some bone spurs in his elbow, but he pitched through it and made 31 starts. He was a big time prospect when the Mets acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays and he has lived up to expectations.
Syndergaard has emerged as the clear-cut ace of a Mets staff that is oozing with talent. His fastball is as good as it comes in the major leagues among starters, as he blows opponents away every time he takes the mound.
That fastball is why many people tune in to watch Syndergaard and the Mets. It is also what David Schoenfield of ESPN selected as the thing worth the price of admission for the Mets. Schoenfield put together an article selecting one thing from each team in the major leagues that is worth the price of admission and Syndergaard was his selection for the Mets. Here is what he had to say.
"Noah Syndergaard’s fastball velocity. Here’s the weird thing: Batters hit .283 against it with a .326 wOBA – which ranked just 25th out of 74 qualified starters. OK, sometimes numbers just get in the way of a good tale. We’ll be hearing stories about Syndergaard’s fastball decades from now."
There is a lot to like about the Mets. The starting pitching staff as a whole is fun to watch. They have some young players on the cusp of the big leagues. But we would agree with Schoenfield; the thing you don’t want to miss with the Mets is Syndergaard.
His velocity is a sight to see; something fans love to witness but opposing batters want no part of. As Schoenfield states the stats do not back up Syndergaard’s fastball, but it is still worth seeing in person.