What a bad week it has been for Noah Syndergaard. He starts the week by missing his original start saying his arm was tired, then he says he could've probably gone, that he feels fine, and he refused to take a MRI. Haven't seen anyone ever refuse a MRI, so when I saw Syndergaard pull this move I instantly feared for his health. The only reason he wouldn't want to make sure there wasn't something seriously wrong with him is because he is scared of what they were going to find. Today, he stepped out to the mound with a lot to prove to the team and fan base. Unfortunately, he proved what we all feared, that he wasn't okay.
The Nationals lit him up in the first inning for 5 runs. He came back out for the second inning, but left after grabbing what at first seemed like his arm, then it looked more like his back. No injury is promising, especially one that forces you to leave a start, but if it's a back injury like a pulled muscle or something along those lines it'll be a lot better in terms of recovery. If it's something with his shoulder or elbow him and the Mets are fucked. They won't be able to survive without their best pitcher and once a pitcher starts getting arm surgery it seems to never bode well for anybody.
No one should really be surprised by Thor's injury. The guy throws 98 mph consistently as a starting pitcher with a 95 mph slider, that can't be good for your arm. The fact he also added 15 pounds of muscle this offseason was also a bad move probably, not good to just change your body physique like that in such a short amount of time, probably why he pulled a muscle in his back today during his start. Mets fans say your prays because your season rides on this guy being able to give you a dominant performance every 5th day. Matz and Lugo won't be back for at least another few weeks, so this could put your squad in a really bad position. The Mets can't afford to fall any further behind or catching the Nationals for the division is going to be impossible.