Last season, the Mets averaged 93.6 MPH on their fastballs which ranked third in the MLB. They go into this year as the projected kings of the hill.
While Noah Syndergaard averaged 98.2 MPH on his fastballs last year, Jeurys Familia (97), Josh Smoker (95.7), Hansel Robles (95.5), Matt Harvey (95), Robert Gsellman (94.1), Jacob deGrom (93.4) each came in above the league average of 93.1 MPH, and Steven Matz‘s two-seamer (93.9) put the Mets ahead of the pack with flamethrowers for the upcoming season.
This bodes well for Mets pitchers, especially Noah Syndergaard, considering opposing batters hit a meager .180 when making contact on fastballs over 100 MPH, and hit .290 with fastballs at or just under 90 MPH.
With Zack Wheeler also returning, and Matt Harvey hopefully assuming a healthier form, the Mets are well oft to overpower the best of the best hitters. Very intimidating 🙂
The Yankees and the Pirates are tied for second with a projected average four seam fastball velocity of 94.2 MPH.