Terry Collins has named Noah Syndergaard the Mets' Opening Day starter.
According to Collins, Syndergaard earned the honor with the way he pitched last season.
Syndergaard said it's a "huge honor" and that he's thrilled about how much confidence Collins has in him.
The Mets begin their 2017 season on April 3 at Citi Field against the Braves.
"He is one of our big character guys,'' Collins told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan last month. "He says, 'Give me the ball,' and he goes out and does the best he can. ... He's been fun to watch his development in such a short time.''
Syndergaard, 24, was 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA (2.29 FIP) and 1.14 WHIP in 31 appearances (30 starts) last season, during which he made the All-Star team, finished third in ERA and became the first pitcher in MLB history to start his career with 350 strikeouts and less than 80 walks.
Syndergaard (L) and pitcher Jacob deGrom (R) share a light moment before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard has thrown 359 innings during the last year and a half, while averaging the highest velocity in baseball with his fastball (98.0 mph), slider (90.9 mph), and changeup (89.8 mph).
He was diagnosed with a bone spur in his right elbow early last season, though it did not impact his performance and does not require surgery, Sandy Alderson said in early-November.
Syndergaard, who put on 17 pounds of muscle during the offseason, said earlier this week that he hopes the throw even harder this season than last.