Ex-Mets ace Noah Syndergaard set for Phillies debut

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Thor is bringing his hammer back to the National League East.

Former New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard will make his Phillies debut on Thursday against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

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Philadelphia acquired Syndergaard from the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Syndergaard was due to fly into Philadelphia Wednesday night.

The Phillies hope Syndergaard will team with Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola to give the starting rotation a boost for the stretch run. Per the Inquirer:

“I haven’t seen him pitch in a while, so it’ll be good to see him back out there on the mound,” Zack Wheeler said of Syndergaard, his teammate for several years with the New York Mets. “It’s kind of funny we’re going back-to-back now in the rotation. Kind of like the old days.”

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Wheeler and Syndergaard were Mets teammates from 2017 to 2019.

Wheeler improved to 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA this season by beating the Nationals, 3-1, on Wednesday.

Syndergaard is 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA in 15 starts this season. He signed a one-year, $21 million contract with the Angels ahead of the 2022 season after missing most of the previous two years while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The 29-year-old Syndergaard made his MLB debut in 2015 and helped the New York Mets reach the World Series that season.

He was an All-Star in 2016 and finished eighth in National League Cy Young Award voting, setting career marks in wins (14), ERA (2.60) and strikeouts (218).

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