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Aroldis Chapman scorches netting behind plate

Posted on: August 5, 2011 5:53 pm
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By Evan Brunell

ChapmanAroldis Chapman flashed his powerful fastball Friday, busting a 99-mph heater through the netting behind home plate designed to protect fans from errant throws and foul balls.

Chapman was pitching the top of the ninth in an eventual 4-3 loss for the Reds against the Cubs. He whiffed two but also gave up two hits, which snapped his hitless streak at 10 1/3 innings. It was the longest hitless streak by a reliever in a single season since Chuck McElroy in 1994, when he posted 11 1/3 innings from April 25 to May 17. McElroy finished the year with a 2.32 ERA in 57 2/3 innings,

Chapman has been on fire since returning from the disabled list on June 25, posting a scant 1.47 ERA in 18 1/3 innings, striking out 32 and walking just five. That's a far cry from walking 12 over four games totaling 1 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and 10 earned runs, whiffing three before landing on the DL after his appearance on May 14.

Meanwhile, closer Francisco Cordero is finding July a tough battle. He'll be given a longer leash, but if he struggles in August, it's possible the Reds will make a move to Chapman if a postseason spot is at stake.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:24 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Aroldis Chapman scorches netting behind plate

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Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: August 7, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Aroldis Chapman scorches netting behind plate

This is AWESOME and if Aroldis "Ricky Vaughn" Chapman can find the plate consistently it might be even more so.  Otherwise he is just an average pitcher with an unbelievable arm.  Not sure was that the "Terminator" or the "Eliminator"??  Although I guess if you someone can hit it then they can name it.




Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: August 7, 2011 7:05 am
 

Aroldis Chapman scorches netting behind plate

Just check the facts people, Chapman holds the record for the fastest pitch ever recorded at 105.1mph, even though in a game against Pittsburgh, it is said he threw 106! These are not made up numbers...check baseball records on the Internet. Yeah yeah, the radar guns are faulty...we have heard it all. Bottom line, the kid throws gas and I agree that the netting was weak in a certain spot, causing the ball to go through. Story would have had more sizzle if he threw 103mph and it broke the netting!



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Aroldis Chapman scorches netting behind plate

A Post season spot is at stake?

Now that's funny, this team can't win a series against a sub 500 club. Dusty Baker still stinks as a skip.



Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Aroldis Chapman scorches netting behind plate

balls that are fouled back are necessarily going slower than the original pitch.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:35 am
 

Aroldis Chapman scorches netting behind plate

I'm not going to say that Chapman can't throw freakin hard...of course he can.  Freakishly hard.  That being said, a 99-mph fastball busting the netting would tell me that the netting was weak in that spot.  I'd venture to guess that a lot of the foul balls that come off bats and hit the net are in the 100s; why is a 99-mph ball breaking the net?  Sounds like it was due for a replacement the next time the Reds had a road trip, yes?  And, perhaps more importantly, for a guy that's struggled with control at times this season, perhaps they should address the fact that his fastball was so off line that it hit the net? 



Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:23 am
 

Aroldis Chapman scorches netting behind plate

Yeah a 100 plus mph fastball is average for sure.  smh



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:05 am
 

Aroldis Chapman scorches netting behind plate

I think Chapman is spraying deer antler stuff under his togue.



Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:03 am
 

Aroldis Chapman scorches netting behind plate

"an Aroldis fastball is average"

Pshh. Dont be ignorant please.


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