Big right-hander Noah Syndergaard is making his second consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday afternoon when the New York Mets open the 2018 season against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Syndergaard becomes the first Met pitcher since Johan Santana to start consecutive Opening Days did so from 2008 to 2010. Last season, Syndergaard threw six scoreless innings during the Mets 6-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day.
The 25-year-old is looking to rebound from a 2017 season in which he only pitched 30.1 innings after a lat injury made his most a large portion of the year.
Noah is excited for the season and to get the OD opportunity yet again as he told Laura Albanese of Newsday, “It’s going to be a hell of a fun year. I’m ready to hear the crowd, the electricity, and all the fans out there. I’m looking forward to it.”
Thor showed off his blazing fastball this spring hitting at least 100 mph countless times in addition to his slider and changeup in the low 90’s as he showed his stuff was certainly ready for games that counted.
Syndergaard believes in the Mets coming into the 2018 season as he told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, “I think it’s pretty crucial for us to come out of the gates hot and really prove to a lot of people that we are here to compete, and we’re going to have a hell of a year and show we are going to go out there and play classic Mets baseball.”
A lot is riding on the shoulders of the Texan that came to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey trade back in 2012. With him and Jacob deGrom healthy the Mets could have the best 1-2 starting duo in baseball which would go along way in their hopes of returning to the playoffs.