As the Colorado Rockies continue their search for better starting pitching, we will continue to weigh the pros and cons of the available arms on the market. The next name on the list is New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard.
Like Marcus Stroman (who we discussed here), rumors of Thor coming to Colorado have been around for a long time. However, the Mets have been notably reluctant to move their strong pitching core in recent years. This year, that could change with new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
Syndergaard’s stuff would play at Coors Field about as well as any other pitcher on the market. Unlike Stroman who is a big ground ball pitcher, Syndergaard is a strikeout guy. Think Jon Gray at his best. While the Rockies used to seek out ground ball pitchers, they have recently come to the realization that the more the ball gets into play, the more likely it is to find a hole and result in a hit.
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Their new strategy is to miss as many bats as possible and Syndergaard would fit perfectly into that plan.
When healthy, Syndergaard has been one of the best pitchers in baseball and his injury history may result in a bit of a discount. Another advantage of Syndergaard is that he won’t be a free agent until 2022, so this wouldn’t be just a rental.
The division rival San Diego Padres are supposed to be one of the top teams interested in Thor. Therefore, if the Rockies were able to swoop in and snag him first, it would prevent having to face yet another elite pitcher within the division.
Thor also has great numbers against every NL West team except for the Padres, interestingly enough. He has never pitched at Coors Field, though, so his results in his potential home ballpark would be an unknown.