Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland responded to a question regarding Noah Syndergaard's relative underperformance this season by saying Syndergaard hasn't accomplished much in the majors at all.
"He's spent, what, 2 1/2 years in the big leagues? So I don't know where all the expectations came from," Eiland told Mike Puma of the NY Post. "I wasn't here for all that, but he is yet to do a whole lot at the major league level."
"Now is he capable of it? Yeah, but he is 25 years old," Eiland continued. "For the most part every game he's kept us in it and given us a chance to win."
Syndergaard, who has a 3.09 ERA (2.78 FIP) and 1.20 WHIP in 46.2 innings (eight starts) this season, has 410.2 regular season major league innings under his belt since making his debut in May of 2015.
He was fourth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2015, was an All-Star and eighth in Cy Young award voting in 2016, and was off to a dominant start in 2017 before missing roughly four months due to a torn lat.
Syndergaard has a 2.42 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 26.0 career postseason innings (three series in 2015 and the Wild Card game in 2016).
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If Eiland is trying to light a fire under Syndergaard by saying he hasn't done much, great. If it's actually what Eiland believes, then that's another story. And his comment wondering where the expectations came from regarding Syndergaard? That was simply baffling.
Sure, relative to all-time greats such as Tom Seaver and current greats such as Clayton Kershaw, Syndergaard's body of work is tiny. But his body of work compared to his peers who have been in the league about as long as he has speaks for itself. And the fact is that he's one of the best pitchers in baseball. And he has been since first setting foot on a big league mound in 2015.
Syndergaard has a 2.91 ERA (2.62 FIP) and 1.11 WHIP since making his debut, and has struck out 472 batters in 410.2 innings (10.34 per 9.0). Despite his "slow" start in 2018, Syndergaard entered his last start in the top five in the NL in strikeouts, strikeout rate, walk rate, and K/BB ratio.
Looking at the big picture, among active pitchers with at least 60 career starts, Syndergaard's 2.91 ERA trails only teammate Jacob deGrom (2.90) and Kershaw (2.37). Syndergaard ranks third in the NL in strikeout to walk ratio (5.63 SO/BB) since 2015, and has completed at least 6.0 innings in 47 of his 69 career starts.
So, relative to his age and experience, Syndergaard has accomplished a hell of a lot at the major league level.