I’m writing about starting pitching for Rotographs and thought the Pitcher List community would enjoy the in-depth discussion.
Today I’ll be talking about the holy one, the pitcher with arguably the filthiest repertoire, the most dominating stuff, the man who should win every single at-bat.
And I’m going tell you why that probably isn’t going to happen. At least not yet.
Let me preface this by saying that I love Noah Syndergaard. I have a relationship with pitching that is directly opposite of the Orioles and cutters, and I struggle to watch Syndergaard pitch without starstruck eyes. Just look at this triple digit heater:
Or this casual 93mph slider:
And why not, here’s a changeup with absurd movement and hinting 90mph:
Three pitches that no mortal deserves to own (and I’m even ignoring his above-average curveball). But he is no mortal. Funny, but jokes aside, even with these three pitches, Syndergaard hasn’t yet been the definitive “best pitcher in baseball.” There is a problem here, a flaw that is holding him back and it’s about time we talked about it.