Noah Syndergaard reclaimed the #PitchersWhoRake throne with a 415-foot blast
The #PitchersWhoRake conversation is one that keeps growing louder as the season rolls along. From Madison Bumgarner to Jake Arrieta to Adam Wainwright (and with special shout-outs to Wily Peralta and, of course, Bartolo Colon), quite a few pitchers have muscled up at the plate this season.
The Mets' Noah Syndergaard would like to remind you that he's also more than capable of connecting on one and sending it deep into the night, as he did in Tuesday night's 7-5 victory over the D-backs at Chase Field:
Even though that pool in right-center is an attractive target for hitters, Thor saw fit to bust his hammer and deposit this baseball far beyond the aquatic attraction. That's quite a poke, a claim backed up by the stats.
Noah Syndergaard's HR absolutely crushed... 108.1 MPH projected at 415ft. Wow.- Daren Willman (@darenw) August 17, 2016
And that exit velocity is nothing to shake a stick at, as they say (or used to say):
Hardest HRs by pitchers- Daren Willman (@darenw) August 17, 2016
Bumgarner 109.4 MPH
Back in May, Syndergaard clubbed two homers in addition to spinning a gem at Dodger Stadium, so he's no stranger to big nights at the plate. In fact, with Tuesday's blast he now has three long balls this season. That gives him one more than Bumgarner, Arrieta and Wainwright, who each have two to their names this campaign.
Said Syndergaard to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez after the game about the homer:
At the moment, Syndergaard reigns supreme atop the vaunted #PitchersWhoRake leaderboard ... although there's still plenty of time for the home run race to change hands before the season comes to a close.