PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — After all the trade talk that involved his name, all the moves made by the Mets this offseason, Mets fans will love hearing this from Noah Syndergaard:
“I think where I am personally with my head space, I couldn’t be more pumped to be down here right now as an individual and team-based,’’ Syndergaard told The Post on Tuesday at Mets pre-camp, the first the big right-hander has attended. “The positive energy around us all is just going to propel us forward.’’
Syndergaard, who is sporting a new beard, is well aware new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the Mets are the team to beat in the NL East.
“Most definitely,’’ he said. “Especially just being down here early. The serotonin release I just get from being around the other guys. It’s very uplifting. I can’t wait to get the ball rolling.’’
Not for one minute did Syndergaard believe he was going to be traded.
“I was in constant communication with Brodie,’’ Syndergaard said as the late-afternoon sun glinted off his aviator sunglasses. “I think Brodie is the GM baseball has been longing for. It’s really cool seeing him in the batting cage the other day and then making the announcement that he is going to sit in The 7 Line [Army] section during the Subway Series. I was like, ‘Hell, I wish I could do that. If I’m not pitching that day, I want to join him.’
“Brodie is definitely going to give us the tools to succeed, whether it’s the new acquisitions or more personnel as far as front office or the training staff or strength and conditioning, anything you need to succeed.’’
Syndergaard ran down the additions the Mets made, including closer Edwin Diaz, second baseman Robinson Cano and catcher Wilson Ramos.
“Our lineup is going to be a force to be reckoned with, and, of course, our starting five rotation is coming back and our bullpen is strong,’’ Syndergaard said.
So strong a rotation that Syndergaard is hopeful the Mets can win back-to-back Cy Young Awards after Jacob deGrom came away with hardware in 2018.
“It’s anybody’s game — we are all going to continue to push each other to the best we can be,’’ Syndergaard said of the in-house Cy Young race.
“Jake’s success inspires everybody,’’ Syndergaard said. “My dark-horse sleeper right now is Zack Wheeler. I’m just glad [deGrom] is on my team. I was very pleased to see he got the recognition he deserved. I feel he’s gone under the radar for a long time. He doesn’t have a huge presence on social media. His walk-up song is ‘Simple Man’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd, his nickname on the back of the jersey is ‘Jake.’
“In today’s age, everyone has to have some kind of celebrity personality. He just comes to the ballpark, gets his work done and dominates the competition. He’s been sneaky the best pitcher in baseball since he came up in 2014.’’
The 240-pound Syndergaard is more fluid on the mound, inspired by deGrom. “I want to get to 30 starts and 200 innings,’’ he said.
“I revamped my offseason training, where I wasn’t focused on moving a whole lot of weight but just try to move a moderate amount of weight fairly quickly,’’ Syndergaard, 26, said. “Last year I was slow and methodical to a degree. You’re cutting yourself off, so I’ve focused on being more fluid and gaining acceleration down the slope. I did a lot of more explosive plyometrics stuff, a lot of jumping in terms of upper-body stuff, a lot of shoulder stabilization and just trying to be an athlete.
“One thing I admire about Jake is that he is not a big muscular guy, but he moves very efficiently and very quickly. His body is elastic and more whip-like. I’ve seen a difference in the trajectory of my baseball. It’s not necessarily downhill, but it looks like it is going to hit the ground kind of but it keeps on going.’’
As for the beard, Syndergaard said, “I really don’t have any plans for the beard right now, I just started digging the Viking look ever since I went to Dublin [in October] and just kept it going.’’
Leave it to Thor.
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