A Staten Island-based dentist, Dr. Alan Kratenstein received his DDS from New York University and has since completed over 600 hours of continuing education programs. When he isn’t aiding patients with all phases of general and cosmetic dentistry, Alan Kratenstein, DDS, enjoys watching his favorite Major League Baseball team, the New York Mets.
The Mets boast one of the best pitching rotations in the National League, and a big part of that is the dominant play of 24-year-old Noah Syndergaard. Originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2010 amateur draft, Mr. Syndergaard spent two-and-a-half seasons in the Blue Jays farm system before being traded to the Mets in a package for R.A. Dickey. The knuckle ball pitcher had just come off of a Cy Young campaign with the Mets, while Noah Syndergaard was no more than a prospect with promise.
Yet, the Mets’ patience with the young pitcher paid off. Mr. Syndergaard spent two years in New York’s farm system before debuting in 2015. He recorded 166 strikeouts in 150 innings that season to go along with a 3.60 earned run average (ERA). He improved upon those numbers in 2016, lowering his ERA to 2.60 and striking out 218 batters in 183 innings. Affectionately known as “Thor” on account of his resemblance to the comic book hero, he was recently named the Mets’ opening day starter in 2017.