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Noah Syndergaard (R) vs Toronto Blue Jays
Opposing Team Splits Vs. Pitcher Handedness
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Revenge game? I don't really buy into them in the MLB world, but Noah Syndergaard is pitching against the team that traded him away for, wait for it.... R.A. Dickey. Syndergaard has faced the Jays once, throwing six innings, allowing one earned with 11 strikeouts. Jokes aside and narratives aside, this is a great spot for Syndergaard, but weather has to cooperate here as well. Syndergaard has some room to improve this season, and by that I mean his numbers should drop in the right direction when that .336 BABIP does. He has a 27.6% strikeout rate and 5.1% walk rate. He is allowing a 24% hard-contact rate, and is also getting opponent's to swing outside of the zone 33% of the time, which ranks 5th among qualified starters. Syndergaard has been excellent against both sides of the plate this season, holding lefties to a .308 wOBA, .112 ISO, and 26% strikeout rate. Right-handers have just a .286 wOBA, .151 ISO, and 29% strikeout rate. Syndergaard throws a high 90s heater averaging 97 this season, as well as his sinker which touches upper 90s as well. He isn't throwing his four seam much these days, and when he does the .417 wOBA and .300 ISO is not great. Everything else is what we want. His slider and changeup is generating over a 40% whiff rate, and less than a .100 ISO. His sinker is holding opponent's to a 22% hard-contact rate and .296 wOBA. The curveball is getting a 33% whiff rate and opponent's have just a .239 wOBA off the pitch. You get Toronto with off-speed, and Thor can certainly do that tonight. Price considered, Thor is my favorite option on the board.