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Noah Syndergaard pitch brands catcher Kevin Plawecki‘s chest (pic)

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To say New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard has gotten off to a blazing hot start in 2016 would be a drastic understatement. The fireball-throwing right-hander has even made quite the impression on Mets catcher Kevin Palwecki. Literally.

During Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies — in which he gave up one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work for a Mets’ 5-2 victory — Palwecki had to get in front of an errant Syndergaard pitch in the dirt, blocking it with his chest. Suffice to say, having to absorb a pitch from Syndergaard — who frequently tops out at over 100 mph and reached 102.3 mph Monday — can leave a mark.

Yamma hamma. Oh yeah. And the pitch wasn’t even one of his patented fastballs.

Unreal.

And here’s one final thought. Syndergaard, who is now 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA on the season, threw 18 pitches Monday night that were 100 mph or faster. Imagine getting drilled in the chest with one of those heaters.

[H/T Big League Stew]