Faster Than A Speeding Bullet, Yanks Chapman Hits 105 On Radar Again
The New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman hit the radar gun above 100 MPH, 15 times between four batters in the top of the ninth during Mondays 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Actually Chapman’s fastest pitch was recorded by statcast on Monday at 105.1 MPH, and even though it was the fastest in the statcast era, Chapman has reached the plateau before. Back on September 24, 2010, while pitching for the Cincinnati Reds, Chapman threw 22 straight pitches ranging from 100-105 to four San Diego Padres batters.
In his sequence on Monday, he teased the batters by throwing a 91 and 93 MPH Slider just twice but brought the real heat to save his 19th game in 20 chances this season.
His catcher Brian McCann was equally impressed with the speed:
“I look [at the scoreboard] every time he throws a pitch. I look every time to see how hard it was. It’s incredible what he can do on the mound. You just hope you catch it right. If you catch it right, you’re fine. If you don’t, you’re in trouble,” said McCann as he spoke with the media after the game.
As for the game, Alex Rodriguez hit his 696th career home run in the second and McCann’s sac fly in the third was all the Yankees would need to defeat the first place Orioles.
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