New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is just 23 years old, but already he's cemented himself as the unquestioned ace of his team's rotation. He currently has a 0.90 ERA, which is absolutely minuscule even if we're only a few weeks into the season. The outrageous statistics go much deeper, but the general picture is that in addition to sporting a diverse array of pitches, Syndergaard throws each one outrageously fast.
OK, let's go deep. According to Sports Illustrated, his average sinker velocity in Monday night game against the Philadelphia Phillies was 100.1 mph. He also threw 11 four-seam fastballs over 100 mph, and this season owns 15 of the 22 recorded pitches with speeds in the triple digits. His changeup, which is supposed to be an off-speed pitch, clocked in at an average of 91.7 mph Monday, and his slowest pitch, the curveball, averaged 84.1 mph. To put that in perspective, his max changeup velocity of 93.9 mph is faster than the average four-seam fastball of all but 14 other pitchers this year. His curveball? That's just about 3 mph faster than Jered Weaver's four-seam fastball.
Anyway, the point is the dude throws hard. Really, really hard. So hard, in fact, that when Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki took one of Syndergaard's pitches off his chest "protector" Monday, it left a welt in the shape of the cross necklace he was wearing.
Here's a bigger picture to take it all in:
Poor Plawecki. Just six months left in the season, buddy. Hopefully, that's not more than 30 more Syndergaard starts.
(H/T: SB Nation)
Cover image: Steve Gelbs via Twitter