Posted by Ernest Dove at 10:00 AM
Can you believe he is still only 23 years old? He's another one of those guys who feels like has been in the organization for years following that Amazin R.A. Dickey trade and gift that keeps on giving. Yet, here we are in 2016 about to watch the mighty Thor start his first full season with the big league club. Now, the question, is he already the top pitcher in the entire organization?
I know, I'm doing one of those arbitrary "who's better' posts, but hear me out. It's not just about fun times arguing amongst friends, it's also about possible thoughts and analysis on who might be best to start on certain nights, against certain top opposing pitchers, and must win games. So, who is best for the Mets to have on the mound? And, even if there is more to factor in when it comes to big time games, there still remains the question of who is the best and most talented pitcher on the Mets, and should one or two take priority when it comes to long term extensions because of that overall talent?
Look at this way, Noah just finished off a rookie season, playing as a 22 year old, and putting up an extremely solid 10 strikeouts per 9 innings. Oh, and the young pitcher only went out in his last two regular season starts of the season and put up 11 and 10 strikeouts, while also going at least 7 innings in both of those starts. Not bad for a guy still learning............. Oh that's right, he then messed around and put up 12.3 Ks for 9 innings in the post season.
One thing you can't teach is height. He has that. Noah Syndergaard (not counting big sexy) is the biggest and strongest pitcher in the organization. He consistently throws the hardest of all the aces on the staff, and I believe his curveball can match anyone else on the staff as well. So what would I be leaving out at this point?
I guess we can question maturity. a clubhouse snack and a few tweets later, and all I've read or heard since is fun, respect, and loyalty from a young man whose enjoying every minute of being a New Yorker, and a Met.
Harvey is definitely a bulldog. deGrom absolutely has drive and confidence. Nobody has questioned Wheeler's determination despite not being as outgoing. And Matz is no slouch to knowing his talent and what he brings to the table, but I believe Noah also has a true killer instinct and willingness to great, amazin, perfect, all the time. As was the case even in the batting cage when he was upset about not perfectly making true and solid contact on the ball.....off a tee.....from the right and perfect angle.....this pleases me folks.
Solid bullpen or not, I think it's pretty darn good to think about a starting pitcher who is capable of going into the 7th and 8th inning throwing 98 MPH still. I assume even in their 2nd and 3rd time around the batting order, hitters don't want to still be seeing the same guy throwing 98 whose baffled them already the first couple of times.
When his curveball is on, it's pretty much bad news for the Bears......And with more time, experience, confidence and guidance, Noah can further utilize his breaking stuff even more effectively, per game, per inning, per at bat, and learn from his mistakes, while perfecting his craft.
He also, even as a rookie, barely walked anybody, as teams were lucky to see 2 walks per Noah start during the season. And why should he, he throws 98-100, so you don't have to paint corners and cheat the zone all the time with this kind of stuff. Again, imagine if he gains enough confidence and experience to trust his breaking stuff even more.
Matz will be looking to stay healthy (well, aren't we all). Harvey could be extremely dominant, especially if his slider is back to being incredible. deGrom once in a while was known to have an ooops start now and then and give up some homers. All the while the big Texan may be ready to keep on truckin along the road to success, and he may still be the most successful of the group long term.
I've been saying it for while now. Of all the aces, and position players on this team, Noah Syndergaard is a guy the Mets need to seriously look out in the NEAR future as the guy to shell out the bucks and the long term contract to. I believe he is not even Arb eligible until 2018. However, he will end the year as a 24 year old. So he would be around 25ish when the arb years hit. And would be in his absolute prime come free agency. What if he is who he is? What's the current market for elite top of the rotation pitchers who enter free agency at UNDER 30 years of age? His second contract can and should be life changing money for him. Which is why I think the Mets should try and sneek in a solid offer after this season and see what happens.
But, whatever, it's must me spouting off and coming up with a thought and opinion. Let me know if I'm off base here. Is Thor, right now, the best pitcher on this team?