Noah Syndergaard threw 100mph in his first spring start, then ran around shirtless

The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard answers questions without a shirt after his first spring training start of 2018. (Twitter/@MattEhalt)
The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard answers questions without a shirt after his first spring training start of 2018. (Twitter/@MattEhalt)

For most baseball players, spring training serves an important purpose. It allows them to shake off the rust of the offseason and get back into the routine that will sustain them for the grueling six month regular season. Players dust the cobwebs off of their competition-level swings and pitches and get ready for opening day, and beyond.

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But not Noah Syndergaard. The New York Mets’ personal Thor, the Norse god of pitching with a hammer for an arm, is ready for the regular season. And how do we know? He showed us on Monday when the Mets took on Justin Verlander (who looked pretty sharp himself) and the Houston Astros in a spring training start.

Three pitches in and Syndergaard was already hurling triple-digit baseballs at opposing batters. The first guy to take on Syndergaard was George Springer, and he did *not* look ready for that first pitch. (Caution: Springer mouths an NSFW word in the gif below.)

Syndergaard didn’t stop there. He kept showing off for the rest of his perfect two-inning outing.

On its own, Syndergaard throwing over 100mph in his first spring training start is amazing. But Thor is coming back from an injury that stole most of his 2017 season. He partially tore his right lat muscle in April and didn’t pitch again until September. So seeing him look like his old self is fantastic for him and for the Mets, and pants-crappingly terrifying for the rest of the NL East.

For his part, Syndergaard treated this as business as usual. Mostly. After his two innings were up, he stripped his shirt off and began running sprints in the backfield. And then he gave postgame interviews without a shirt.

Syndergaard practically yawned when he said he didn’t feel like he was exerting himself, like it’s the most regular and normal thing to throw 100mph in spring training after coming back from a serious injury. If this is him not fully exerting himself, every batter in baseball should shudder to think of how Syndergaard will be pitching once the regular season begins.

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