Tusa: Noah Syndergaard and nine other mythological heroes

From SABR member Alfonso Tusa at The Hardball Times on July 12, 2019:

A man stands alone on the top of a hill. Seven others are arrayed behind him; ahead of him, an armored knight calls for his attention. But the man on the hill is a loner. Everything begins with him — with what he delivers.


When Noah Syndergaard ascended the mound on May 2nd, the season was not going well. His ERA was 6.35. His record was 1-3. He couldn’t handle his breaking pitches and the ball, he said, felt “slick as can be. Like holding an ice cube.” He has earned the nickname Thor not just for his appearance, but for his power, overwhelming and unstoppable as the thunder. The Syndergaard of April 2019 didn’t much resemble a god. He was painfully, obviously human.

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Originally published: July 18, 2019. Last Updated: July 18, 2019.