Syndergaard shows why NL shouldn't adopt DH

Baseball plans have been clamoring for the National League to adopt the designated hitter rule, but Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is living proof that capable hitting pitchers do exist.

Many fans have called for the National League to implement the designated hitter rule especially after witnessing St. Louis Cardinals All-Star pitcher Adam Wainwright tear his left Achilles tendon. As Wainwright began to run out a pop up he hit, he turned his foot the wrong way, causing an injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the 2015 season.

The DH argument based on Wainwright’s predicament is absurd. Pitchers put themselves at risk every time they step on the mound. A line drive to the head can knock them to the ground and result in a severe concussion. Also, running onto or off the field can lead to a freak injury. And that’s just what happened to Wainwright.

If we didn’t have the pitcher hitting in the National League, how would we see the Mets’ young ace Noah Syndergaard blast a monster 430-foot homerun to center during Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies?

“He hit that ball a long, long way,” noted former Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom. “That went a long, long way.”

Syndergaard should start referring to his bat as Mjölnir, the hammer Thor wields in Asgard. He finished Wednesday’s game 3-3 at the plate while pitching 7.1 shutout innings.

Fans may claim that Wednesday was a fluke and Syndergaard just had dumb luck at the plate. But these people could not be any more wrong. This season, Syndergaard is hitting .444 at the plate with a 1.222 OPS. In fact, in the minors, Syndergaard maintained a .270 batting average.

He may be the best hitting pitcher since former Met, Mike Hampton.

Even though Syndergaard is a rarity among pitchers in that he has offensive ability, the DH rule should not be implemented in the National League. The DH takes away strategy from the game. It doesn’t cause managers to think. Without the DH, the double switch would disappear. If it’s the sixth inning and the bases are loaded with two outs and the pitcher is up at bat, the manager must devise a creative strategy to knock in a run.

“I think [that’s what] makes the National League fun is because you have to be able to do more than just go out and hit, said Phillies RHP Aaron Harang, who has pitched in both leagues. “You still have to be in the game. You still have to potentially run the bases, you have to go up there and make at-bats, move the runners over with bunts. Sometimes you get in situations when you get two runners on and you have two outs and you can still help yourself by getting a little base hit somewhere.”


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Many fans have called for the National League to implement the designated hitter rule especially after witnessing St. Louis Cardinals All-Star pitcher Adam Wainwright tear his left Achilles tendon. As Wainwright began to run out a pop up he hit, he turned his foot the wrong way, causing an injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the 2015 season.

The DH argument based on Wainwright’s predicament is absurd. Pitchers put themselves at risk every time they step on the mound. A line drive to the head can knock them to the ground and result in a severe concussion. Also, running onto or off the field can lead to a freak injury. And that’s just what happened to Wainwright.

If we didn’t have the pitcher hitting in the National League, how would we see the Mets’ young ace Noah Syndergaard blast a monster 430-foot homerun to center during Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies?

“He hit that ball a long, long way,” noted former Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom. “That went a long, long way.”

Syndergaard should start referring to his bat as Mjölnir, the hammer Thor wields in Asgard. He finished Wednesday’s game 3-3 at the plate while pitching 7.1 shutout innings.

Fans may claim that Wednesday was a fluke and Syndergaard just had dumb luck at the plate. But these people could not be any more wrong. This season, Syndergaard is hitting .444 at the plate with a 1.222 OPS. In fact, in the minors, Syndergaard maintained a .270 batting average.

He may be the best hitting pitcher since former Met, Mike Hampton.

Even though Syndergaard is a rarity among pitchers in that he has offensive ability, the DH rule should not be implemented in the National League. The DH takes away strategy from the game. It doesn’t cause managers to think. Without the DH, the double switch would disappear. If it’s the sixth inning and the bases are loaded with two outs and the pitcher is up at bat, the manager must devise a creative strategy to knock in a run.

“I think [that’s what] makes the National League fun is because you have to be able to do more than just go out and hit, said Phillies RHP Aaron Harang, who has pitched in both leagues. “You still have to be in the game. You still have to potentially run the bases, you have to go up there and make at-bats, move the runners over with bunts. Sometimes you get in situations when you get two runners on and you have two outs and you can still help yourself by getting a little base hit somewhere.”

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