Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard dialed his fastball up to 101 MPH while tossing two perfect innings against the Astros during his Spring Training debut on Monday afternoon.
"There were a couple of times I saw the radar gun," Syndergaard said after his start, "but it didn't even feel like I was really exerting a whole lot of effort."
Syndergaard reached 100 MPH on his first four pitches of the first inning. He retired George Springer on a fly out to left field, got Josh Reddick to ground out to second base, and then hit 101 MPH twice against Jose Altuve before striking him out looking with a 92 MPH changeup.
"If he throws that changeup to me 100 times, he's going to strike me out 100 times," Altuve later said, according to David Lennon of Newsday.
"I was pretty impressed with that pitch right there," Syndergaard said. "That was something I definitely need to put in my back pocket. And for a hitter like that to react the way he did is encouraging."
In the second inning, Syndergaard retired Carlos Correa on a soft liner to shortstop, struck out Marwin Gonzalez swinging on a 93 MPH slider, and got Brian McCann to fly out to center field on a 100 MPH fastball.
Overall, Syndergaard threw 22 pitches (13 strikes), including 11 that reached 100 MPH or higher.
The 25-year-old Syndergaard, who missed the majority of last season due to a torn lat, had a 2.97 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 34 strikeouts and three walks in 30.1 innings (seven starts) in 2017.