Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is back, and as usual, he is beaming with confidence.
The Mets underwhelmed in 2017 with a 70-92 record, but that doesn't mean anything to Syndergaard who says they'll be at the top of the division at the end of the regular season in 2018.
"I think it's going to be an awesome year, a lot of fun competing against other guys in our division," Syndergaard told The Post's Mike Puma. "I'm pretty confident we'll come out on top."
"Thor" will have a big spotlight on him this season, as he missed most of last season with a torn lat muscle. But Syndergaard isn't worried about the past, especially with a new beginning in the Mets' organization as Mickey Callaway takes over in his first year as manager. Syndergaard is looking forward to working with the former Indians' pitching coach as well as Dave Eiland, the team's new pitching coach.
With new coaches and his body feeling fully healthy, Syndergaard couldn't be anymore excited to start the new season.
"I'm really pumped up for it, I've heard a lot of good things," he said. "I had the opportunity to have dinner with Mickey at the winter meetings and he seems like a really nice guy, really knowledgeable. I'm very excited just because having a manager with a pitching background as well as a pitching coach, it's just another weapon in our arsenal. Another way we can learn something."
Last season may not have been one Syndergaard would like to remember, but he does admit that it taught him a valauble lesson. His injury was mainly due to his offseason workout routine that consisted of heavy lifting not fit for a pitcher's body. Syndergaard learned exactly what he needed to do to keep himself flexible while also maintaining his strength.
Working alongside Eric Cressey and Shane Rye -- two certified strength and conditioning specialists -- Syndergaard feels much better this offseason compared to his last. In turn, his arm is right where he wants it to be.
"My arm feels amazing. With the upper body stuff I've been doing, in terms of flexibility and just overall strength. I was a very dominantly strong lat person, I've kind of gotten my lats to relax and have gotten the other muscles in my back to kind of take over and do the work. The ball is just exploding out of my hand now with great life and movement.
"I learned a lot last year about my body and just overall training."
Despite Syndergaard's projection the Mets will take the NL East title, he is keeping his own goals easy this year.
"There's too much out of your control when it comes to that kind of stuff, I just want to get out there and give it my best every five days and put my team in the best possible situation to win and I think those individual accolades will follow," he said.
Syndergaard, along with the rest of the Mets' rotation, has high expectations again this year. He believes the entire team is ready to bounce back, but he wants the fans to fill the seats at Citi Field all season long. He knows they won't disappoint.
"Just come out there and support us come March 29th and the entire year,'' he said. "We're all excited to get out there, I can't wait to get to spring training, 2018 is going to be our year.''