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Noah Syndergaard threw a pitch so hard he branded catcher Kevin Plawecki

Noah Syndergaard

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Mets starter Noah Syndergaard routinely hit 100-plus MPH with his fastball -- as usual -- during Monday’s start against the Phillies, a 5-2 victory. Even as he got into the seventh inning, Syndergaard was still sitting in the high 90’s.

By now, we’re familiar with the numbers on Syndergaard’s velocity, but what about the visual evidence. SNY’s Steve Gelbs snapped a photo of catcher Kevin Plawecki’s chest, which was branded with an imprint of his necklace. That happened when Plawecki blocked one of Syndergaard’s pitches in the dirt, as it bounced up and hit him in his chest protector.

Syndergaard went seven innings against the Phillies on Monday night, yielding jus tone run on five hits and a pair of walks with eight strikeouts. He now has a 0.90 ERA with a 29/4 K/BB ratio over 20 innings in his first three starts of the season.

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