Thor’s Biggest Flaw

Noah Syndergaard was phenomenal for the Mets last season, topping the charts in many statistics. However, there was one stat the “God of Thunder” wished he didn’t lead the league in. In 2016, he allowed 48 successful stolen bases in 57 attempts. By far the most allowed in the league, the success rate of 84% is unacceptable. Even though he more than makes up for it by allowing very minimal base runners, there is always room for improvement; even for the great ones.

The Improvement 

Two nights ago, against the Miami Marlins, the Mets saw as much of a promising sign as they could of asked for. Rene Rivera was 2-2 throwing out base-runners in big spots. Most noticeably, in the third inning with a 3-2 lead and one out, Dee Gordon tried swiping third. Fortunately, Rivera was ready to dish Gordon out his first speeding ticket of the year. That out was extremely significant because it was the tying run, and we all know a runner on third with one out is not good news. After throwing out Gordon, the Mets never looked back, leading the entire game.

Moving forward, Rivera gunned down J.T. Realmuto trying to steal second for the final out in the inning. Terry Collins made sure to make note that we shouldn’t give Rene Rivera all the credit.

“I’ll tell you when Dee took off for third base, Noah’s time to the plate was pretty good, too,” Collins exclaimed. “It wasn’t 1.7 [seconds] because if you’re 1.7 with him, you’re not going to ever throw him out. Noah gave Rene a chance to make a play, and certainly that’s why he catches. I just think they mesh very good together and teams are going to be a little bit more hesitant to run now that Noah’s speeding things up.”

Overall, a fantastic sign for the Mets ace. If you can remember the September game against the Nationals, when they swiped four bags against Thor, they took advantage of the Mets best player’s biggest flaw. For 2017, the Mets cannot allow this to become a theme. Sunday night’s execution on national TV and ESPN was a great start toward solving the issue. We can be excited to keep an eye on this moving forward. In addition, we can watch out for Rene Rivera’s playing time, and not just when Syndergaard is on the mound.


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If you like arguing anything sports related, I’m your guy! Being born and raised in New Jersey and as an Ohio State Alum, my teams have been giving me everything from tears for joy to tears for depression. I would classify my glory days as a sports fans in the 2000’s, as I witnessed Martin Brodeur and the NJ Devils raise the cup twice, and the Nets make the NBA finals under the leadership of Jason Kidd. Since those days, despite my Buckeyes winning the National Championship in the first CFB Playoffs (thank god), my sports teams have been quite horrific. With the Jets, Devils, and Nets all in a dark place, my only hope is to have faith that the NY Mets will bring winning back into my life. My favorite sports memory was when I drove 6 hours from Columbus, Ohio to Chicago to see the Mets sweep the Cubs in Game 4 of the 2015 NLCS. The total 12 hour drive for the 3 hour game was well worth it. Also noted- Draymond Green’s Game 5 suspension was a conspiracy for sure.
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If you like arguing anything sports related, I’m your guy! Being born and raised in New Jersey and as an Ohio State Alum, my teams have been giving me everything from tears for joy to tears for depression. I would classify my glory days as a sports fans in the 2000’s, as I witnessed Martin Brodeur and the NJ Devils raise the cup twice, and the Nets make the NBA finals under the leadership of Jason Kidd. Since those days, despite my Buckeyes winning the National Championship in the first CFB Playoffs (thank god), my sports teams have been quite horrific. With the Jets, Devils, and Nets all in a dark place, my only hope is to have faith that the NY Mets will bring winning back into my life. My favorite sports memory was when I drove 6 hours from Columbus, Ohio to Chicago to see the Mets sweep the Cubs in Game 4 of the 2015 NLCS. The total 12 hour drive for the 3 hour game was well worth it. Also noted- Draymond Green’s Game 5 suspension was a conspiracy for sure.

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