After an injury plagued season in 2016, the New York Mets are looking foward to regaining the dominant edge they had in 2015.
Today, pitchers and catchers reported to Port St. Lucie where they begin their quest for a ticket day parade in 2017.
Noah Syndergaard arrived at camp poised to continue his dominance on the mound. He even stated that he wanted to increase his velocity, As if 100 mph was not enough for him. His deadly fast ball and wicked slider makes him one of the favorites to potentially win a Cy Young award in 2017.
“I always want to throw harder and continue to make the game easier,” Syndergaard told thedailynews. “I feel like last year, from my rookie season, my velocity jumped up from my rookie season to last year, so I’m always going to try to raise that kind of bar.”
Syndergaard says he’s added 17 pounds of muscle this offseason by training at the EXOS facility in Frisco, Texas. He weighed in at 253 pounds and has trimmed his body fat from 15.1% to 13.5%. If you’re not a weight room junkie, that is considered an incredible percentage.
Besides Syndergaard, the Mets have other starting pitchers poised for success in 2017. Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are all thrilled to have a “five ace rotation”. If healthy this comradery of flame throwing pitchers could potentially shut down other teams offenses.
If Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey, Matz and Wheeler are the aces then Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo are the wild cards of the 2017 Mets rotation.
They will battle it out in spring training to see who will fill in the 5th spot. Sandy Alderson said earlier in the offseason that Wheeler will start the season in the bullpen to ease himself back into the big leagues. He has missed the past two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Wheeler spoke to SNY reporters on Tuesday and said “I want to be a part of it. I want to get in there, get in there with these guys and sort of destroy teams. It’s going to be fun.”
“We love to go out there and compete. We’re all very good friends,’’ deGrom told Newsday. “We’re all rooting for each other. We’re definitely excited. Hopefully this is the year that happens.’’
This young talented group of pitchers look amazing on paper. They will be put to the test this spring training to stay healthy. This might finally be the year we see all of them in the same rotation.
Get your cameras ready, it’s going to be a special season. #lgm