Noah Syndergaard has been throwing absolute gas this season.
Last night, the New York Mets fireballer held the Philadelphia Phillies to one earned run over seven innings while tallying eight strikeouts. A big reason for Syndergaard's success was his blistering velocity. He threw 12 pitches clocked at over 100 mph. Perhaps the nastiest of them all was a 101.4-mph sinker, which currently stands as the fastest pitch thrown by any MLB pitcher this season.
On the receiving end of Syndergaard's leather-bound bullets was Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki. After the game, Plawecki showed reporters the result of blocking an errant pitch from Syndergaard:
How hard does Syndergaard throw? Plawecki blocked a pitch w/ his chest. Theres now an imprint where his necklace was pic.twitter.com/Sd52ije5PZ
— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) April 19, 2016
Had Plawecki not been wearing a chest protector, doctors might still be trying to figure out the best way to extract a baseball from his sternum. But that's just part of the job when you're assigned to catch lightning bolts fired by a player nicknamed "Thor."
A big reason for Syndergaard's scorching velocity is his powerful lower body. According to The New York Times, the 6-f00t-6, 242-pound flamethrower is capable of deadlifting 525 pounds and squatting 460. Here's a video from this past off-season of Syndergaard dominating a set of Pause Squats:
Syndergaard's powerful glutes, quads and hamstrings help him generate a massive amount of power and stability off the mound, which leads to his incredible velocity.
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