The Mets have had one of the most polarized seasons in MLB history this year, literally.
Never has a team done as well as the Mets, for so long, only to fade to the extent that they did. From MLB.com Mets win writer Anthony DiComo:
I’ve seen this statistic in various places today, and there is no better summary of the 2021 Mets:
No team in Major League history has spent that long (103 days) in first place and finished with a losing record. The Mets are mathematically guaranteed to be the first.
– Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 27, 2021
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Although the Mets’ playoff opportunities are long gone, there is no chance they will finish at .500 or better, perhaps there was a ray of light to end the season. Right-hander Noah Syndergaard returned to the mound to face the Marlins on Tuesday, his first time on the Mets’ active roster in nearly two years.
He only pitched one inning, but he looked at his best, striking out two batters and throwing 10 pitches, including nine for strikes.
With that, here’s what you need to know about Syndergaard’s injury and his return to the mound:
What was Noah Syndergaard’s injury?
In May 2020, Syndergaard, nicknamed Thor, had Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, the latest in a long series of injuries. It marked him throughout the 2020 season and much of the 2021 season, though he faced numerous setbacks by the way.
Syndergaard last pitched in the majors on September 29, 2019, when he was in seven innings, allowing three runs and five hits, while striking out nine, in a 7-6 victory over Atlanta. Interestingly, it was also the final for the Mets that season. It was also the last time Syndergaard pitched a full season in the majors without spending time on the disabled list.
One time those setbacks began, doubt began to arise as to whether Syndergaard would pitch again for the Mets, especially after significant delays to his rehabilitation this summer. The 29-year-old right-hander has spent numerous periods on the disabled list in his career, including time on the 60-day disabled list in 2017 after sustaining a lateral muscle tear where he was off the field from May 1 to September 23.
In 2018, he landed twice on the disabled list: the first time was for more than a month, from late May to July 12, with a torn ligament in his finger. The second time was on July 22 of that year; He missed 10 days because he contracted foot-and-mouth disease.
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How long has Noah Syndergaard been a Met?
Syndergaard came to the Mets as the linchpin in a 2012 trade.
Then one of the best pitching prospects in the Blue Jays’ farm system, Syndergaard was traded to the Mets along with fellow prospect Wulimer Becerra and catchers John Buck and Travis d’Arnaud. In exchange, the Blue Jays landed current National League Cy Young Award winner RA Dickey, as well as wide receivers Mike Nickeas and Josh Thole.
After spending a few years on the Mets farm system, he made his debut on May 12, 2015 at the age of 22. He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three runs and six hits, struck out six and took the loss.
In all, Syndergaard started 24 games for the Mets that year and compiled a 9-7 record with a 3.25 ERA and struck out 166 batters in 150 innings, good enough to finish fourth in the Rookie of the Year vote. the National League.
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What is Noah Syndergaard’s contract?
Unlike many of his contemporary pitchers who broke into the league around the same time, Syndergaard never received a massive contract extension from the Mets.
After his contract expired at the end of the 2020 season, he signed a 1-year, $ 9.7 million deal to stay with the Mets until the end of the 2021 season.
Now that the season is over, Syndergaard will enter free agency for the first time in his career at age 29, his first shot at big money and a long-term contract.
So far, Syndergaard is 47-30 with a 3.31 ERA and 777 strikeouts in 717 innings, with a nod to the All-Star Game under his belt.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.