It had been two weeks since Aroldis Chapman entered a game with a save opportunity. But the Cuban fireballer made the most of his chance Friday by slamming the door on the Braves and nailing down a, 4-2, Reds victory at Turner Field.
Chapman's arm looked especially electric in his outing as 19 out of the 23 pitches he threw lit up the radar gun at triple digit readings. In fact, one of his fastballs even registered at 104 MPH. This is according to the velocity chart found on BrooksBaseball.net, which uses information from the Pitch F/X system in each stadium, not the in-stadium radar gun, which is often considered slightly inaccurate.
From C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Chapman threw 19 fastballs and averaged 102.13 mph on Friday, with his max speed at 104.81 mph. He’d hit 106.01 on Sept. 24, 2010, in San Diego according to the same website, 105.1 according to others. FanGraphs.com had his top end at 104.1 mph last night and MLB.com’s At-Bat app called his 0-2 pitch to Freddie Freeman 104 mph, as did the in stadium radar gun on the scoreboard:
Holy smokes! Talk about some heat!
Chapman's appearance on Friday resulted in his 21st save of the season. However, more importantly it resulted in a much-needed win for the Reds, who have been struggling mightily as of late.