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Noah Syndergaard Brings the Heat and the Mets’ Bats Begin to Warm

“We’re going to hit,” Collins said before the first pitch. “You combine that with pitching I still think is going to be dominant, I think we’ll be just fine.”

Sunday provided a good model for the way the Mets will have success this season, on the mound and at the plate.

Syndergaard pitched seven sturdy innings, surrendering only one earned run and striking out nine with his surreal arsenal of pitches, including 98-mile-per-hour sinking fastballs that induced ground balls.

“I feel good with my two-seamer, and with all my pitches right now,” he said.

And the Mets’ offense produced enough firepower to overcome the nighttime chill. They took advantage of the Marlins’ mistakes to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. After the Marlins narrowed the margin to one run, Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto, who was making his first start of the season, each smashed long home runs to restore the three-run cushion.

Up until Sunday, the Mets seemed to be feeling the effects of the cold weather. Aside from a 1 p.m. game on a comfortable opening day, the first-pitch temperatures of this week’s…

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