Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard has showcased his dominance on numerous occasions throughout his career. He is not afraid take his high-90s fastball and hard slider that clocks in the low 90s as well right at hitters, which can be scary when you're in the box.
But former Mets starter David Cone believes he could be even more effective if he were to actually slow things down a bit.
"Well, I think he's on the right track. The lesson for Noah is less is more," Cone told the "Baseball Night in New York" crew while publicizing his new book "Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher." "A slower curve at times, disrupt the timing, get deeper into games. Get easy, quick outs when you have to. You don't have to throw as hard as you can that often. You can back off a little bit, and you can make your fastball that much more effective."
We all know what Syndergaard can do with that fastball, but Cone may have a point here. If Syndergaard can develop, say, a traditional curve to go along with his devastating slider, it may keep hitters even more off-balance.
And in doing so, that fastball will be even more effective at the same time.
"I preach to some of the young pitchers: You need to protect that good fastball," Cone explained. "And the way you do that is by developing a slow curve, by developing other pitches that will get them off the fastball. It makes it much more effective."
Cone goes on to talk about whether or not Syndergaard can develop that while already being featured in the Majors...