Noah Syndergaard wasted no time showing off his arm in his first Spring Training start Monday.
The right-hander fired two clean innings against the Houston Astros. Of his 22 pitches, he pumped out 11 pitches over 100 mph. He topped out at 101 mph in consecutive pitches to Jose Altuve in the first inning.
“A couple of times I saw the radar gun, but I didn’t even feel like I was exerting a whole lot of effort,” Syndergaard said. “I felt like I was pretty under control with my delivery for the most part.”
Syndergaard was limited to just seven starts in 2017 due to a partially torn lat he sustained in an April game against the Washington Nationals.
However, he did return in September to pitched several innings.
“I did think those two appearances at the end of last year were huge, because I worked my tail off for those four months, and it was nice getting rewarded for my hard work,” Syndergaard said. “And it was nice going to the offseason knowing that I was healthy and not having to follow a rehab program.”
Much of the Mets success this season will rely on a healthy Syndergaard, who along with Jacob deGrom, will anchor the team’s rotation.
While the 25-year-old topping 100 mph in his first Spring start sounds concerning, Syndergaard isn’t worried.
“I didn’t even feel like I was really exerting a whole lot of effort,” Syndergaard said. “I thought I was pretty under control with my delivery, for the most part.”