Video shows how impossible it is to hit Noah Syndergaard's new pitch

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Noah Syndergaard picked up his seventh win of the season on Wednesday night, striking out 11 Pirates batters over 8.1 innings.

We've come to expect this sort of dominant stat line from the Mets' 23-year-old ace this year, in large part because this season he's unveiled a new pitch, a sort of hybrid slider-cutter called the Warthen slider.

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Syndergaard throws the Warthen slider - named after Mets' pitching coach Dan Warthen - at somewhere between 92 mph and 95 mph, but the movement on the pitch makes it sometimes look more like a power knuckle-curve.

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Check out the movement, from last night when Syndergaard used it to strike out Erik Kratz:

Syndergaard's fastball regularly grazes 100 mph, and the slider is also so fast that batters must inevitably track it as a fastball as it roars toward the center of the plate. So Kratz swings, except the pitch is a slider, and the movement dips the ball down and away from the batter.

How are you supposed to hit this?

Back in April, Mets' catcher Kevin Plawecki summed up what's so dazzling about the pitch:

That he can throw it not only that hard, but that he can command it, I think, is most impressive. To be able to throw a 95-mph slider and not know where it's going is not easy ... But for him to be able to throw it as hard as he does and know where to put and to spot it up, I think, is most important.

And remember - Syndergaard didn't even throw it last year!

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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field at the end of the top of the sixth inning after giving up the tying run to the Philadelphia Phillies during a baseball game, Friday, April 8, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets in action against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on April 12, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Marlins defeated the Mets 2-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Apr 8, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets in action against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on April 12, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Marlins defeated the Mets 2-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during the first inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 5: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets walks to the mound as he prepares to pitch against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 5, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets walks on the field prior to game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - APRIL 05: Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches during the 5th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 5, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard celebrates after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws before Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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