St. Louis Cardinals: Noah Syndergaard to St. Louis?

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 07: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches during the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on May 07, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 07: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches during the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on May 07, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The Mets are looking to trade one of the most electric arms in baseball at the upcoming Trade Deadline; should the St. Louis Cardinals pursue him no matter how expensive he will be?

With a big win over the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs losing to the Milwaukee Brewers, the St. Louis Cardinals have sole possession of first place in the NL Central. St. Louis has been on fire as of late, going 11-3 since the All-Star Break and have suddenly become contenders for the National League.

President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak stated that the Cardinals have been reaching out to numerous teams in preparation for the Trade Deadline coming up on Wednesday, and they are looking to be heavy buyers. The Cardinals have been linked to multiple starters and relievers as targets, and with the Cubs and Brewers looking to add at the deadline, it is necessary that the Cardinals do so as well.

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mets are exploring trade options for one of their top starters in Noah Syndergaard. If you have been living in a barn for the past few years, Noah Syndergaard, also known as “Thor”, has been one of the more electric arms in baseball. He can top hit 100 mph consistently and has Cy Young caliber stuff to go with it.

With the Giants getting red hot and suddenly entering the playoff race (wild, right?) it seems like they will hold on to their ace Madison Bumgarner, and with the Mets trying to deal Syndergaard, he is now easily the hottest commodity on the market.

The Mets seem like they are intent on dealing the 27-year-old and rival executives truly want to move him, not only listening to offers, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. In my opinion, the Cardinals have a very solid rotation but lack a true ace with Carlos Martinez going to the bullpen for the foreseeable future.

Syndergaard could potentially be that true ace for St. Louis, he has the history and peripherals to do so, and I truly believe that landing Thor can launch us into serious World Series contenders.

As you probably know, the Mets have been a dumpster fire all season, regardless of having World Series aspirations after an exciting offseason from new General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. They are currently sitting at 48-55 and also 4th place in the NL East, and they seem like they will be sellers at the deadline once again. With the repertoire and peripherals, Syndergaard has, the Mets can land an absolute haul for the ace. Question is, will he be worth the haul?

Throughout his young career, Syndergaard has established himself as one of the premier aces in baseball, with a career 3.21 ERA to go with 699 career strikeouts. He is known by almost every single baseball fan, his hair and personality have made him extremely marketable around the country. There are many pros to trading for the ace, but there are some cons too. The good news is that these cons seem like they can be easily fixed it treated correctly.

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Syndergaard is off to a poor start so far this season, sporting a 4.33 ERA with a 1.263 WHIP, which is about average but isn’t good considering Syndergaard’s expectations. The Mets had a terrible pitching coach in Dave Eiland, and the Mets were ranked near the bottom in almost every single pitching statistic for the 2019 season.

The Mets decided to fire Eiland on June 20th and go with 82-year-old Phil Regan for their interim pitching coach. A lot of fans might poke fun at the Mets for bringing in such an old coach, but he has done a pretty solid job with the Mets so far, and that is no different for Syndergaard.

Since the Mets brought in Regan, Syndergaard has seen his numbers improve slowly, but surely. He owns a 3.65 ERA and his strikeout numbers have soared, recording eight or more in his last three starts. Syndergaard has had a lot of trouble with his slider this season, and that has been one of his more relied-upon pitches, but with the help of Regan, it seems to have improved mightily and he is allowing fewer hits using it over his past couple of starts.

While researching Syndergaard I came across a very intriguing stat, while Wilson Ramos is catching him, Syndergaard has a 4.76 ERA with a 1.311 WHIP. Then while backup catcher Tomas Nido is catching for him, he sports a 3.00 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP.

Ramos has a reputation of an offensive first catcher, but his defense is arguably one of the worst in the league behind the plate, and while Nido has the reputation of a solid defensive catcher, Syndergaard pitches way better with him behind the plate, and so do other pitchers in the Mets rotation.

This is also true for the relationship between reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom whenever he is working with Ramos and Nido, and same goes for fireballer Zack Wheeler as well. We have seen heavy regression in the whole Mets rotation since they have signed Ramos over the offseason, and the catcher could be a huge part of what’s wrong with Syndergaard.

Not only do the Cardinals have a very solid pitching coach in Mike Maddux, who quickly finds out what is wrong with pitchers and fixes them, they also have two Gold Glove winners at catcher in Yadier Molina and Matt Weiters. Letting Syndergaard work with two top tier defensive catchers who have done an excellent job calling games so far this season could be very beneficial for him as well.

Noah Syndergaard is slated to start on Tuesday for the Mets against the Chicago White Sox, assuming he isn’t dealt yet, that start could be a tryout almost, to see if he is worth the haul the team trading for him would have to give up.

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Syndergaard is under control until 2022, so he is going to be very costly if the Cardinals do wish to trade for him. The cost is going to be very hefty, and a potential deal could include Cardinals No.1 prospect Nolan Gorman, No. 6 prospect Ryan Helsley, and No. 10 prospect Junior Fernandez (who has been excellent as a reliever in AAA, sporting a sub-1 ERA in the Memphis bullpen). Yes, it is expensive, but getting three years of control with one of the most electric arms in the game is an absolute game-changer for St. Louis, and could truly catapult them into serious World Series contenders.