Noah Syndergaard makes his MLB debut tonight at 8PM versus the Chicago Cubs
In just two hours, Noah Syndergaard will be making his major league debut for the New York Mets against the Chicago Cubs after a phenomenal finish to his minor league career, but how can his massive success translate into his rookie season?
In 5 starts for Triple A Las Vegas, Syndergaard had won all 3 of his decisions and boasted an incredible 1.82 ERA in what is commonly known as a hitters league and had also thrown 34 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. What makes his season so far even more incredible is that he was one of just two PCL pitchers with a WHIP under 1.
On a pitching standpoint, he couldn't have been better, but what can we expect of him for the remainder of the 2015 season? Well, as long as he stays in the majors, it's more than possible that like Degrom last year, Syndergaard makes a run for the NL Rookie of the Year award. It would be a tough journey chasing after names such as Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson but very doable with his amount of skill.
As long as Syndergaard stays in the Majors, he should be able to see anywhere from 16 to 24 starts depending on how deep into games he goes which should be more than enough to wow opposing hitters. This is about the same time of year that Degrom mad his debut last year which means that Syndergaard should at least match Degroms output if not put up slightly better numbers.
Under the best circumstances, Syndergaard should be easily capable of throwing at least 100 strikeouts and keep up an ERA under 3 and as long as the Mets can give him some run support, it's very possible for him to win at least 10 to 12 games.
Sure, all of Syndergaards greatness comes from pitching, but he can also offer a lot at the plate as well. In his last start, he went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double and a Home Run. That seems like it could be a one time thing, but it's very possible that he can continue hitting once in the majors. Just look at his comparison to Degrom, who hit .217 last year which is quite good for a pitcher.
In Las Vegas, Degrom hit .250 in 2013 followed by .167 in 2014. On the flip side, Syndergaard hit the same .167 in 2014 and then bashed .455 in 2015 which was 5 for 11. It's possible for Syndergaard to at least match up to Degrom in terms of Batting Average while also hit a double or even a Home Run here and there based on where they play.
All in all, as long as Syndergaard gets to play, the Mets can be in for an incredible year because of him and I fully expect Syndergaard to go at least 10-5 with an ERA under 2.9 and at least 100 strikeouts.