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Noah Syndergaard’s Time To Remind Everyone How Great He Is

This has not been the year anyone expected from Noah Syndergaard. This was supposed to be the year he took off, but he has a career worst ERA, FIP, ERA+, BB/9, and K/9. However, when you peel things back, he has shown flashes of being the pitcher he was in 2016.

There have been a number of issues Syndergaard has faced including the new ball, but the biggest has been Wilson Ramos. Ramos’ inability to frame the low pitch has really hindered Syndergaard’s ability to do what he does best. With Ramos has been behind the plate, he hasn’t been able to utilize that slider he debuted against the Royals in 2016. Instead, he’s been using his four seamer more, and he’s had to pitch up in the zone.

That has led to Syndergaard not being the great pitcher he has been in his career. With Ramos behind the plate, he has a 5.20 ERA. With Tomas Nido and Rene Rivera, it has been a completely different story. With Nido and Rivera, he has a 2.22 ERA.

In essence, with Ramos behind the plate, Syndergaard has pitched like Walker Lockett or Corey Oswalt. With Nido and Rivera, he has pitched like Jacob deGrom. No, that’s not a stretch. With catchers whose framing actually complement Syndergaard’s skill-set, he has pitched like a Cy Young caliber pitcher.

After all their pigheadedness, the Mets have opted it is better to help a pitcher succeed than to prop up one of the signature signings of the offseason. They have finally allowed Syndergaard to have what he needs to be successful. Of course, it Mets fashion, they finally relent when it’s Coors Field, and their relenting just so happens to coincide with a day game after a night game. Still, Rivera is going to catch Syndergaard.

The only time that has happened this year, Syndergaard pitched seven scoreless innings allowing just three hits and striking out 10 against a loaded Nationals lineup featuring Trea Turner, Anthony Rendon, and Juan Soto. The last time Rivera caught Syndergaard in a big game, Syndergaard matched zeros with Madison Bumgarner for seven innings in the 2016 National League Wild Card Game.

This is the Syndergaard the Mets need. For that matter, Syndergaard needs to be that pitcher for himself to prove to the team he is still great, and they need to invest in him going forward. However, before the offseason, the Mets need to win today to keep their Wild Card hopes alive. The Mets and Syndergaard have exactly what they need for that to happen.

16 thoughts on “Noah Syndergaard’s Time To Remind Everyone How Great He Is”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    It would be nice if Thor wouldn’t give up 4 or more runs, as he has TWELVE times. Leads the team. More than deGrom plus Vargas’ 18 starts.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Always comes back to the bizarre love of Vargas

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        You JUST brought Vargas up out of the blue yesterday, attacking me. It just happened…introduced as an attack when the topic was management.

        The GM has done some dumb things. Production out of the slot is not one of them.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Some bad things? That’s like saying Carvel sells some ice cream.

      2. Oldbackstop says:

        Correction to the above, Noah has now given up 4 or more runs *13* times. If he were 5′ 11, bald and fat, the fanboys would have run him out of town long ago.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          You just described Colon who the fans idiotically adored.

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    Just a note, your old links at the bottom of the page link to stories by you in (2016) that say Noah should have Rivera over D’Arnaud as his personal catcher. Then you wrote Noah should have Rivera over Ramos as Noah’s personal catcher. Then you say today that Noah needs Nido as his personal catcher.

    Maybe….say, wait a minute….maybe NOAH is the problem?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      No, it’s about the catcher who matches a pitcher’s skill set

      1. Juan Manuel Santana says:

        Imagine that!! And you only get to have two catchers in a team

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    Seems like, with the base loaded, 2 outs in the sixth, down 2-3, Noah having given up ten hits with Rivera and him coming up, might have been a good place to pinch hit?

    Oh, but that would have meant Noah wouldn’t get his 7 innings, or would have to pitch to someone other than Rene.

    And Noah can’t get through the next inning anyway.

    This is what personal catchers do. And Mickey squatted and peed rather than face Noah’s wrath.

    1. Oldbackstop says:

      So, Rivera, in a 15 minute spread, grounds out with the bases loaded, watches Noah get pulled in the sixth with two on, gives up FOUR stolen bases in ok ne ing, and has an inexplicable passed ball that advanced a runner.

      But, ya know, Noah likes him.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        When Ramos learns how to catch the low pitch, we can talk.

    2. metsdaddy says:

      Mickey absolutely should’ve pinch hit there. There’s no excuse, and no one should shoulder the blame except for the person making the decision to let Rivera hit.

  4. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    Nice rally. 3.5 behind, 10 games left. Interesting to see Lugo left in to hit. Callaway thought the difference between Lugo, without a PA this season, and some woeful ph, was greater than the difference between Lugo and the next best reliever the Mets pen could muster. That’s almost shocking.

    Being behind 2 teams by that much is a huge problem. You not only have to go something like 9-1, but neither team in front of you can play .500 ball plus 1/2 a game. It’s not at all unprecedented for 1 teams to play weakly. It might be .400 for the Cubs to play .500 or worse against their remaining schedule, but for 2 teams to do so is a .160 chance. Plus, you have to play .900 ball in this case. It’s w good reason BBRef had the Mets as 2.2% to make the post as of this morning.

  5. Oldbackstop says:

    Aside from the outcome, and I don’t question MD’s fandom, this game must have been a swirling nightmare for him. The Thor and Rene shotgun marriage yields another Thoraster, and JD and Ramos come off the bench heroically.

    It is all puppies and boat drinks for Mets fans….

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Well, that’s just an awful interpretation of both the game and my impressions of it.

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