It's already hard to believe that Noah Syndergaard is a person and not a baseball-throwing robot. Remember: He throws his slider, a pitch that is considered to be an offspeed breaking pitch, at 93 mph.
Yet somehow, the 24-year-old hurler spent his offseason getting stronger.
Noah Syndergaard reported to camp Sunday and told reporters he -- seriously -- gained 15-17 pounds of muscle, wants to throw HARDER in 2017.- Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) February 12, 2017
Let's not forget: Syndergaard's average fastball was already the highest among starters at 97.9 mph last year. Second was Carlos Martinez at almost a mile-and-a-half lower.
As for how he grew stronger, we have to assume Syndergaard did it by engaging in hand-to-hand to combat with puny humans every day, with the loser being devoured by the Norse God of Pitching. Or, apparently, he took the much more legal route of eating bowl after bowl of venison:
Noah Syndergaard spent the winter eating bowls of venison and wants to throw harder this season. I have nothing to add to that. #mets- David Lennon (@DPLennon) February 12, 2017
At this rate, we have to simply assume that Syndergaard could easily conquer the planet if he wanted. Let's just hope he's a benevolent leader.
Hello Florida....I'm back. pic.twitter.com/kpuJnuxGCO- Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) February 12, 2017