The New York Mets’ have officially announced their Opening Day starter for the inaugural game at Citi Field this season against the Braves. Not surprisingly that starter is emerging star and fireballer Noah Syndergaard.
Coming off of an MVP caliber year, the young right hander will look to put his best foot forward in getting the season going for his club. Manager Terry Collins commented on his decision saying it was the easiest one he has made in a while.
Syndergaard is quickly becoming a super star in the game, and after posting a 14-9 record with a 2.60 ERA in over 183 innings pitches with 218 strikeouts, it is no surprise Collins is turning to him for Opening Day. Syndergaard is one of the only Met pitchers to avoid landing on the disabled list last season and the Mets’ are certainly hoping that can remain true for this season as well.
Over the course of the five month off-season the All-star has put on a reported 17 lbs. of muscle. That is a remarkable 3.4 lbs. of muscle per month. Syndergaard claims that the muscle gain was mostly due to his desire to throw harder. That says a lot coming from a guy who is the hardest throwing starter in the game. However, many fans are concerned about his recent increase in muscle mass as they fear it may do more harm than good.
The right hander spoke about the opportunity to open the season for his club saying that he was grateful. The young pitcher remained humble and spoke of his fellow teammates like starters Matt Harvey and Jacob DeGrom. He said that this decision does not make him the “ace” of the club, and that it could just as easily be Harvey or DeGrom.
That will not be the case however, as Opening Day will be pitched by Noah Syndergaard, who was the last Met pitcher to start a game a Citi Field actually. Syndergaard pitched a gem against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants last October in a Wild Card game to advance in the playoffs. Be sure to tune in to the Mets’ Opening Day game on April 3rd to see how much harder the young righty can throw this season.