Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced today that Noah Syndergaard will be the Mets’ Opening Day starter, per Mike Puma of the New York Post. Syndergaard will take the mound on March 29th against the Cardinals, while Jacob deGrom will pitch the second game of that series on March 31st.
Syndergaard is hoping to have a healthy and productive 2018 season after missing the majority of last season due to a torn lat. The injury occurred on April 30th, in a contest against the Nationals where Syndergaard gave up 5 earned runs in one and a third innings of work, this injury coming days after Syndergaard rejected taking an MRI despite experiencing shoulder and biceps discomfort.
In the four starts prior to his season-derailing injury, Syndergaard looked poised to have a Cy Young candidate season. He pitched for an ERA of 1.73, an 0.97 FIP and a 2.27 xFIP while throwing 30 strikeouts.
Considering how phenomenal Syndergaard’s stuff has looked during this spring training, there is no doubt that Syndergaard can return to form this year.
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