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Noah Syndergaard looking forward to facing Orioles

Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets pitches

Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets pitches during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 8, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Credit: Getty Images / Brian Blanco

Mets righthander Noah Syndergaard is excited about facing the Orioles Wednesday night in Baltimore.

"They have quite a bit of thunder in their lineup," he said Sunday at Citi Field. "But I'm looking forward to it and I'm feeding off [my] last start. I think it'll be a good outing."

Syndergaard (7-6, 3.07) -- who will oppose Ubaldo Jimenez (9-7) -- beat the Rockies, 12-3, on Thursday, allowing four hits and three runs in seven innings. In his last four starts, he is 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 27 innings.

The 22-year-old has shown signs of maturity recently, overcoming early struggles in games to turn out quality starts. He said he's been working with pitching coach Dan Warthen to get ready for the Orioles.

"Trying to speed up my tempo, not necessarily in between pitches, but during my windup and in the stretch as well," Syndergaard said. "And working on getting a little more comfortable with being quicker toward home plate when there's a runner on base."

Syndergaard said interleague play doesn't change his mind-set on the mound. He said the goal is to get momentum for the NL East-leading Mets, who are 41/2 games ahead of the second-place Nationals.

"We're trying not to pay too much attention to the lead," Syndergaard said. "We just focus on playing good quality baseball and [winning] ballgames."


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