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Syndergaard’s dominance on the mound, at the plate earns him NL Player of the Week honor

One complete game and one home resulted in a dominant week for Thor.

While not rare, earning multiple Player of the Week honors means that you are making a difference in the league. For Noah Syndergaard, the reasons for winning his third one was one to remember.

Syndergaard was named the NL Player of the Week, his first since 2016. He joins the Rays’ Jake Odorizzi, who won the award in the American League. It is the first time a pitching duo has won earned POTW honors since 2018, when Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer did it. Jacob deGrom was the last Met to take the honor back in 2017.

Like most pitchers on the Mets, Syndergaard had a very slow start to the season. This past week, “Thor” erased all doubts, tossing a four-hit shutout. He struck out ten batters and walked one. He also hit a home run, the sixth one of his career, for the Mets’ only run of the game.

It was the first time a pitcher tossed a shutout and knocked one out of the park in a 1-0 game since 1983, when Bob Welch performed the feat.

Syndergaard currently has a 5.02 ERA. The last outing helped drop his ERA by 1.5+. The hope, according to Mets brass, is that whatever was holding him back before has officially subsided.

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