After starting the New York Mets’ Wild Card game last postseason, Terry Collins has endorsed Noah Syndergaard for 2017’s Opening Day start.After giving the nod to Matt Harvey in 2016, New York Mets manager Terry Collins has named last season’s National League Wild Card starter Noah Syndergaard as the Opening Day starter in 2017.
“Easiest (decision) I’ve made in a while,” said Collins on his choice.
Here's Noah Syndergaard's reaction to being named Opening Day starter: pic.twitter.com/Aru3xNaODF
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When asked how he’d feel in such a situation, Syndy smiled and replied, “I’d probably throw him a healthy dose of curveballs.”
After just trying to break camp with the Mets prior to the 2015 season, Syndergaard has quickly filled up his list of milestone achievements since then.
The ’16 season saw him receive the aforementioned NLWC start, his first All-Star appearance, as well as finishing the year eighth in the NL Cy Young vote and 19th in the MVP vote.
In 31 starts last season, Syndergaard compiled a 2.60 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 218 strikeouts over 183.2 innings pitched.
Those numbers have led the 6-foot-6 aptly nicknamed Thor to be pushed into the upper echelon of pitchers in the majors.
Syndergaard and the Mets will take on the Braves on Opening Day, Monday, April 3 at 1 p.m. ET.