Noah Syndergaard is the embodiment of the #PitchersWhoRake hashtag that anti-DHers love to use. And it’s rapidly moving “Thor” up the ranks in the Mets’ history books.
Syndergaard’s two-run shot against the Diamondbacks last night made him the first pitcher in the majors this season to hit three home runs. It also tied Tom Seaver and Walt Terrell‘s franchise record for home runs by a pitcher in one season. He also moved up to third place in Mets history in career home runs by a pitcher, with his fourth career home run. He broke out of a four-way tie with Terrell, Don Cardwell and Rick Aguilera in the team’s record book.
Tying The Franchise Tom Seaver resulted in an Exclusive Topps Now Card recognizing the special achievement.
The 23-year-old is now three home runs behind Dwight Gooden‘s pitching franchise record of seven dingers. Tom Seaver is second in Mets history with six. If you’re a Mets pitcher alone on a list with those two names, it’s usually a pretty good indicator you’re doing something right.
But both Gooden and Seaver, obviously, had far more at-bats than Syndergaard: Gooden had 730 career at-bats and Seaver had 975. Syndergaard has just 86, so he has plenty of time– barring bone spurs– to continue to get to the top of the ladder.
Maybe the Mets should consider starting Syndergaard in the field on days he isn’t playing. He would be on pace to have 34 home runs if he were to have 500 at-bats this season, more than any Met is on pace to get this season. Syndergaard’s career pace of 21.5 at-bats per home run is better than the mark of several all-time greats, including Todd Helton, Frank Thomas, Adrian Gonzalez and Carlos Beltran among others.