Terry Collins gave 24-year-old Noah Syndergaard the nod to take the mound in the first game of the new season. The selection was pretty much a no-brainer. “It was the easiest [decision] I’ve made in a while,” Collins said. The man dubbed, “Thor,” led the Mets rotation in ERA, strikeouts and WHIP, among a multitude of categories last season.
“It’s just a huge honor,” Syndergaard said later in the afternoon. “It’s something I’ve been working for ever since I was with the Mets, to be the Opening Day starter at one point. I’m extremely thrilled that Terry instills that kind of confidence in me. I’m going to go out there and get the job done.”
Syndergaard is also the only returning starter to have not missed time due to undergoing a surgery like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz all did. In his first full MLB season, Syndergaard went 14-8 with a 2.60 ERA. He struck out 218 batters over 183.2 innings pitched. He also started the National League Wild Card game in which he gave up only two hits and struck out 10.