NEW YORK — In one of the most significant games of his life, Noah Syndergaard is at his most dominant best.
Syndergaard has not allowed a hit through five innings of the National League Wild Card Game against the Giants on Wednesday night. Only two pitchers have completed postseason no-hitters: Don Larsen, who threw a perfect game for the Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers, and Roy Halladay, who fired a no-hitter for the Phillies in Game 1 of the 2010 NL Division Series against the Reds.
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Facing a Giants club that was the most difficult in baseball to strike out during the regular season, Syndergaard had eight punchouts through the first five innings. He has thrown all five of his pitches, topping out at 100 mph with his four-seam fastball.
The only baserunners against Syndergaard through five innings came in the fourth, when he walked Denard Span and Brandon Belt. But catcher Rene Rivera caught Span stealing on a replay-reviewed play at second base, and Syndergaard escaped the rest of the inning without damage.
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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