The best part about Noah Syndergaard's first spring outing may not have been the 101 mph fastball he threw multiple times over two innings. The moment that Syndergaard is going to hang on to is the moment he froze Jose Altuve for strike three to end his first inning of work. It was a changeup, but it looked more like a screwball. It was one of few breaking pitches thrown in the first inning against the Houston Astros, but it was the by the most effective. And that's saying a lot because he didn't throw one ineffective pitch. He threw 22, 14 for strikes, and struck out two. "I was pretty impressed with that pitch right there. I'm definitely going to put it in my back pocket," Syndergaard said Monday, after the Mets' 8-7 loss to Houston in Grapefruit League play. "For a hitter like that to react the way he did is encouraging." But 101 on the gun is also encouraging to Syndergaard, while it might have signaled emergency sirens to others. Mets' starters have long been told to build up their velocity throughout the course of spring training. It's been a slow progression in the past and it was mapped out that way in order to prevent injuries.