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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard claims a need to “reprimand” teammate Robert Gsellman for claiming he’s the club’s “fastest pitcher.”

Leave it to Noah Syndergaard to crack the whip.

On Friday night in Atlanta, the New York Mets came away with a thrilling 5-3 victory in 12 innings. The man everybody loves calling Thor started the contest but couldn’t come away with a phenomenal outing. Instead, he relented three runs on seven hits while striking out six in just six innings.

Robert Gsellman saved his bacon. Not only did his buddy pick up the victory, his second on the young campaign, by throwing two stellar innings, he scored the winning run on a Yoenis Cespedes opposite-field poke in the top of the 12th:


Feeling his oats after the game, Gsellman claimed to be the “fastest Mets pitcher” and specifically said Syndergaard wasn’t close.

Thor responded in classic fashion, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

“He actually said that?,” Syndergaard asked. “He actually said my name? He’s not the fastest pitcher. That’s a joke for him to say that. I’m going to have to reprimand him tonight, make him sit there for a little bit, make think about what he’s done. Send him to his room. Take away his Christmas presents.”

First and foremost, many would choose Jacob deGrom as the Mets fastest pitcher. Honestly, though, that’d just be the intelligent guess.

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Gsellman did look solid rounding third en route to the Mets game-winning run, but Thor’s running-motion is much more effortless. He glides, looking slower yet making up more ground.

In any event, breaking down the running speed of each Mets pitcher is a fruitless venture. The only thing that matters is Thor appropriately spanking Gsellman on his big night.

Usually, Noah Syndergaard rakes in that glory. On this night, it was his buddy, the self-proclaimed “fastest pitcher on the New York Mets,” Robert Gsellman, who played hero.

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