As typically happens on social media, however, someone tried to rain on somebody's parade. This time, it was Syndergaard's parade.
Syndergaard has been simply minding his own business, and famous New York radio broadcaster Mike Francesa still decided to fire some shots Syndergaard's way.
Syndergaard decided to roast back. He went pretty far, but Francesa through a low blow himself, so Thor handled this just fine:
Noah Syndergaard is out for revenge right now as he joins the LA Angels.
It is true that the Mets haven't been playing with new LA Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard for two years, as he's been injured. It is, however, perplexing as to why Francesa thinks they're better without him.
I mean, look at this season. The Mets finished with a lousy 77-85 record. That sounds like they could have used a career 3.32 ERA and 2.93 FIP pitcher.
The year before, they were even worse, going 26-34. Again, I have no idea where Francesa is getting this from when these last two years have been this bad, and when Syndergaard last played (2019), the team finished 86-76.
That's obviously leaps and bounds better than what they've been without him. Francesa's statement is straight up false, and obviously the data proves that.
Also, in Syndergaard's first two years, he stayed healthy. He posted a 23-16 record with a 2.89 ERA and a 136 ERA+ while striking out 10.4 batters per nine innings and walking just 2. In those two years, the team went to the playoffs both times, winning the pennant in one of them.
As soon as Syndergaard got injured the next year, the team tanked. They went from a playoff team to a 70-win squad. If that doesn't state how valuable Syndergaard is to a Major League ballclub, I don't know what does.
He even proved how valuable he was after that as well, coming back the next year and seeing the team improve to 77-85, and of course 86-76 in 2019 as mentioned before.
And remember, that 2019 campaign was by far the worst of Syndergaard's career. The Mets still were a much better baseball team with him in that rotation.
Any team could use a pitcher like Syndergaard who's young and has Cy Young upside. Not to mention, he's the true definition of a big-game pitcher.
Don't believe me? Check out his statistical breakdown in each round of the postseason:
Wild Card round: 1 start, 7 IP, 0 R, 10 K, 3 BB, 2 H, 0.00 ERA
Divisional Series: 2 appearances, 1 start, 7.1 IP, 3 R, 11 K, 5 BB, 5 H, 3.68 ERA
Championship Series: 1 start, 5.2 IP, 1 R, 9 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 1.73 ERA
World Series: 1 start, 6 IP, 3 R, 6 K, 2 BB, 4.50 ERA
He wasn't perfect in the World Series, but he's still proven in plenty of other postseason games that he certainly is clutch. That's a lot of postseason success, and he's still young at just 29 years old.
The Mets are certainly not better without Syndergaard, and the Angels are certainly not either.