As if things couldn’t get much bleaker for New York Mets fans sheltered in place, the Amazins announced on Tuesday that Noah Syndergaard will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
In the midst of this dreaded pandemic, we are trying to make the best of a situation that has never happen in the history of the world. But for New York Mets fans, today’s announcement that the man affectionately known as Thor, Noah Syndergaard, is out for the 2020 baseball season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. This is another setback in the Amazins quest for baseball world domination.
To put things in their proper perspective. In 2017, Syndergaard had a partially torn lat muscle that took him out for the better part of the season. At the time, he refused an MRI. Being labeled Thor and having delusions of grandeur can make one think they are invincible.
His ability to throw a 100 MPH fastball along with a devastating slider around 92 MPH made Syndergaard a unicorn. He’s a special breed of today’s modern starting pitcher. The image of his flowing blonde locks and chiseled features made Syndergaard look like a baseball god.
Except Syndergaard has now come back down to earth. The arm that throws the mighty hammer will be put under the knife. Like many MTA subway cars, the New York Mets expect him to be sidelined for at least a year.
Not to fear, Mets fans. After all, Jacob deGrom also had Tommy John surgery and became the pitcher he is now, a two-time Cy Young Award winner and ace of the New York Mets staff.
Do you think Brodie van Wagenen and the Mets brass had an inkling this was going to happen? By today’s standard, pitchers are no longer the rubber arms they were years ago when guys like Jack Morris would throw 300 innings per season.
It looks like the signings of Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello were not so crazy after all. Both of these pitchers are established Major League starters, the latter is a former American League Cy Young Award winner with the Red Sox.
This injury to Syndergaard is another reason for debate about Tommy John surgery being as common to pitchers as the common cold for the rest of us. This is alarming to see so many pitchers get hurt but it is a fact of life. So why should this injury to Thor be surprising?
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Syndergaard is only 27 years old and has a great future ahead of him. Back at last year’s trading deadline, Syndergaard was rumored to be on the trading block and Amazins Nation went nuts. Many Mets fans vented their anger on social media at the mention that Thor would even be considered in a trade. Well, like any rubber band that is stretched to its limit it will pop, and Noah is no different.
So even with the idea that we may not have much of a 2020 season with the coronavirus shutting everything down, losing Syndergaard may not be as damaging as it would normally be, especially when news like this catches us by surprise.
On the contrary, let’s focus on getting through this pandemic. Stay home and enjoy the little things in life we generally take for granted. We will get through this. Noah will be back next year bigger and better and perhaps even a better pitcher.