On Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Rays were baffled by 22-year-old Kansas City Royals starter Yordano Ventura who for six innings made the Rays look silly.
The hard throwing rookie only gave up two hits on the night, likely due to his impressive fastball which was nearly averaging 100 mph through the night. Even more impressive though? He fired one that was clocked at 102.9 mph, an MLB record.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – we’ve seen pitches thrown harder than that. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers tossed one during postseason play that was over 103 mph and we all know about Aroldis Chapman and his 105.1 mph heater throw against the San Diego Padres. But Verlander’s happened in the playoffs while Chapman is a reliever, thus Ventura’s throw became the record for regular season games thrown by a starter.
Granted, there have undoubtedly been starting pitchers who’ve thrown harder over time but those weren’t recorded on record unlike Ventura, who is now etched into Major League Baseball history – at least until somebody surpasses him.
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