The New York Mets and the rest of the MLB haven’t begun the 2020 season yet. It is unknown when baseball will begin because of the COVID-19 outbreak. New York can’t catch breaks even when everyone is currently quarantining. Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John Surgery breaks of a torn UCL in his elbow. Syndergaard is one of the best pitchers on this team.
Jacob deGrom is known as the ace on this team because he has won back-to-back National League Cy Young Awards. As for Noah Syndergaard, he also has the talent to be an ace but things have not worked out for him well recently and it is a question as too why.
Is Syndergaard turning into another Matt Harvey? Noah Syndergaard is 27 years old. The earliest he could potentially return is in the middle of the 2021 season and maybe later on. It will be interesting to see if their will even be a 2020 season though.
This might have been the best time for him to be injured even though it is never good to be injured in the first place. Will Syndergaard be the same after this surgery? He has been widely inconsistent over the past couple of seasons.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the rotation does. The other projected starters in the rotation will be Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Rick Porcello, and Michael Wacha. Porcello and Wacha were both signed as free agents in the offseason by General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
Noah Syndergaard pitched in 32 games last season. His record was 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA. In 197.2 innings pitched, Syndergaard has given up 194 hits and 101 runs (94 of those were ER). He also walked 50 batters and struck out 202.
This is a huge blow to the New York Mets rotation and we will see if New York decides to give him a contract extension or not. There were potential talks about trading him at the trade deadline and maybe they made a mistake not trading him after all, especially if they can’t agree to a contract extension.
Could the rotation actually be better without him? I honestly don’t see it all. Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman may be moved from the bullpen because they are also very good starters as well when called upon none the less.
Lugo should stay in the closer role though over Edwin Diaz. The bullpen could be very well improved this season with Dellin Betances and maybe Jeurys Familia getting back on track as well. We will see how new Manager Luis Rojas decides to approach this.
If 2020 is not played at all, then all this team has to worry about is him only missing a few starts during the 2021 season. I couldn’t agree more to the extent that even though this a bad injury, it may not be all that bad for the New York Mets at the end of the day.
Noah Syndergaard will have a lot to prove when he comes back from injury. He is going to be a free agent after the 2021 season.
How will Syndergaard perform after he is scheduled to have his UCL surgery on Friday? Will the Tommy John Surgery help his career or hurt it? Leave a comment below.
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