Noah Syndergaard is feeling good and he’s not afraid to show it.
The right-hander missed a majority of last season due to injury, and pitched just over 30 innings in a year that saw the Mets finish 70-92 and miss the postseason for the first time since 2014.
“I think it’s going to be an awesome year, a lot of fun competing against other guys in our division,’’ Noah Syndergaard told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “I’m pretty confident we’ll come out on top.’’
And confidence is what the flamethrower has exuded since the offseason began. Last month at the team’s holiday party for some children from New York City schools at Citi Field. At the party, he said he’s never felt better.
“All my workouts right now are being programmed by Eric Cressey and Shane Rye,” he said. “It’s my first offseason working with them after working with them a little bit during the season. I feel like those guys are second to none in the business in terms of, not only baseball players, but just general public or any other sport.”
Syndergaard said he has known who Cressey was since his time with the Toronto Blue Jays, but said his contact with him was limited due to the trainer being based primarily in Boston.
“Those guys are at the top of their game and are always trying to learn more about the human body and how it functions,” he said. “I’m still lifting heavy, but in a smarter way. Last year was not necessarily the most smart thing I was supposed to be doing in terms of exercises.
“For example, last year, I was doing a lot of pull-ups which is primarily a lat exercise. This year, I haven’t done a pull-up yet. It’s different, it’s still taxing workouts, but I have never felt better.”
There will be a lot of new faces in Queens, including new Mets manager Mickey Callaway, who Syndergaard admires because he is a former pitcher.
“I’m really pumped up for it, I’ve heard a lot of good things,’’ Syndergaard said of the new Mets skipper. “I had the opportunity to have dinner with Mickey at the winter meetings and he seems like a really nice guy, really knowledgeable. I’m very excited just because having a manager with a pitching background as well as a pitching coach, it’s just another weapon in our arsenal. Another way we can learn something.’’
To go along with the new faces, the team will also be welcoming back a familiar one in Jay Bruce, who inked a three-year deal to come back to Queens this past Wednesday.
“I’m glad to have him back,’’ Syndergaard said of Bruce. “I think that’s a great addition to our lineup and the overall clubhouse atmosphere. The moment he stepped into the clubhouse in 2016, he immediately meshed with the rest of the guys and improved the morale of the clubhouse.’’
He leaves Mets fans with the following message on this upcoming season:
“Just come out there and support us come March 29 and the entire year,’’ Syndergaard said. “We’re all excited to get out there, I can’t wait to get to spring training, 2018 is going to be our year.’’
Syndergaard will make $2.975 million this season after earning $605,500 in 2017. He can also also earn an extra $50K with incentives. The Mets will need him to produce at least 30 starts if they are to have any chance at a postseason spot.