It began on Opening Day as Noah Syndergaard was removed after six scoreless innings with a blister. Two starts later, he left early again with a split fingernail. Then came a bout of tired arm, diagnosed as bicep tendinitis. After skipping a turn, he returned on April 30 and promptly tore his lat muscle. Rehab took longer than anticipated, but Thor returned in late September, tossing an inning against the Nationals before throwing two against the Phillies to end the season. Remember, Syndergaard opted not to have surgery last offseason to take care of a bone spur in his right elbow. It remains to be seen if that decision will come back to haunt him. There's no doubting his skills; the question is health. Some believe Syndergaard should ratchet down the velocity of his 98 mph heater and 91 mph slider. Realize Syndergaard only threw 30.1 innings last season, so he may not reach the total commensurate with his market price.
Syndergaard agreed to a one-year, $2.975 million deal with the Mets on Friday, avoiding arbitration, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. He can earn up to $3.05 million in incentives in his first year of arbitration, including a $50,000 bonus if he makes the All-Star team. Arm injuries limited him in 2017, but Syndergaard is expected to be ready to go for spring training. He has yet to eclipse the 200-inning mark as a pro, and seems unlikely to do so this year, considering he logged just 33.1 innings in 2017. However, he could offer elite production on a per-inning basis, which is why he is being drafted early in the third round of standard leagues (35.5 NFBC ADP).
Syndergaard struck out a pair in two innings while throwing 26 pitches in his start Sunday against the Phillies. He did not factor in the decision, of course, given the brevity of the outing. Syndergaard heads into the offseason presumably healthy, which allows him to progress through a normal preparation schedule with the hope of a return to dominance over a full season in 2018.
Syndergaard will start Sunday's game against the Phillies but exit at the end of the first inning or once he's reached 25 pitches, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Since Jacob deGrom is dealing with an illness and will be unable to make his scheduled start Saturday, the club will move Seth Lugo up a day and let Syndergaard record one last start before the end of the season. Once Syndergaard hits his limit, Johnny Wholestaff will take over in his place.
Syndergaard is expected to make his final appearance of the season Sunday against the Phillies, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. Syndergaard apparently got through his scheduled bullpen session Wednesday without a hitch, clearing the way for him to make his final start of the season. He tossed a scoreless inning Saturday against the Nationals in what was his first start since late April due to a lat issue, and he's slated for another one-inning appearance before closing the books on his 2017 campaign. While this season hasn't been what fantasy owners had hoped for out of Thor, a healthy outing to wrap up the year should erase any concerns heading into the offseason.
Syndergaard is set to throw one inning in a game either Saturday or Sunday, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. Syndergaard emerged from his first outing in nearly five months Saturday without issue, and as long as he does the same following a Wednesday bullpen session, he will get up on the mound one more time this season for the Mets.