New York Mets’ Noah Syndergaard has been pitching this spring.
What you may not know is that the New York Mets‘ ace has been doing so while fighting a mysterious illness that multiple doctors couldn’t diagnose.
That may seem odd because, quite frankly, it is! How can anyone, let alone a famous ballplayer, make several trips to the doctor and not find some kind of diagnosis?
The illness that Syndergaard has been battling for the past six weeks was finally revealed on Monday by Mets’ skipper Terry Collins.
Terry Collins says Noah Syndergaard’s mystery illness is a lingering case of bronchitis. So at least he has a diagnosis. #Mets
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) March 13, 2017
Bronchitis. It is not an unusual disease but it can be quite debilitating as it can make it extraordinarily hard for the person to breathe.
Still, even with this case of lingering bronchitis Syndergaard, also known as Thor throughout baseball, has excelled this spring.
He didn’t allow a single run over his first two starts of the spring.
He was given time to rest over the weekend and returned on Monday to make his third start. This time he allowed his first runs of the spring.
Syndergaard allowed three runs on three hits, striking out four and walking just one batter.
Still, he looked good considering the 23-year-old has been battling bronchitis the entire spring.
His overall spring ERA is just 3.52, so it’s easy to imagine just how great he can be when fully healthy.
Syndergaard is no stranger to adversity despite having just two seasons in the big leagues under his belt.
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He went 14-9 in 30 starts for the Mets last season, posting a 2.60 ERA and struck out 218 batters in just 183.2 innings.
He led the National League in both FIP (2.29) and home runs per nine innings (0.5).
Syndergaard was also named to the All-Star game for the first time in 2016.
Originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (38th overall) of the 2010 amateur draft, Syndergaard was traded to the New York Mets in December 2012 along with catcher Travis d’Arnaud.
With the way “Thor” has already shown he can both pitch so well, while facing both illness and injury, it appears the Mets got the better end of the deal.
Now that Syndergaard’s mysterious illness has been diagnosed, he should be back to being better than ever in the very near future.
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