We are a month away from the 2017 baseball season to get underway, and for the Mets they have already named Noah Syndergarrd as their opening day starter. He went 14-8 with a 2.60 ERA. He struck out 218 batters over 183.2 innings pitched.
For Mets manager Terry Collins it was the easiest decision he’s ever made, his reason for getting it done so quickly “to get it out of the way, instead of building it up and having questions just get it done move past it and get ready.”
According to the New York Daily News Syndergarrd was the obvious choice he is the only starter with enough experience who got through all of last season. Matt Harvey, Jacob deGorm and Steven Martz are all coming off season-ending injuries. Bartolo Colon is no longer with the team while Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo only pitched part of the season.
Syndergarrd is excited about the opportunity saying “it’s awesome. I can’t imagine how wild that crowd is going to be, sometimes when I go out there I have tunnel vision and I tune everything out, but I can really feel the energy from the Mets faithful.
The Mets Opening Day is April 3rd against the Atlanta Braves, Bartolo Colon’s new team, at Citi Field.