It's a well-known fact that Aroldis Chapman throws baseballs very fast, but he brought even more gas than usual to the mound Monday night. Chapman threw the fastest pitch of the season to the Orioles' J.J. Hardy: 105.1 miles per hour.
Sure, the fact that he missed the strike zone so egregiously (and almost gave the umpire a nasty shin bruise) makes this singular pitch less impressive, but Chapman threw five pitches over 104 mph in Monday's ninth inning, a number no other pitcher has surpassed in 2016. The previous pitch to Hardy was clocked at 104, and was the fourth triple-digit fastball of the at-bat.
Chapman dominates MLB.com's "Fastest Pitch" list to the extent that the site added a "Chapman Filter" just to recognize other flamethrowers (although Atlanta's Mauricio Cabrera has separated himself from the rest of that pack). The last pitch of the game, a 104.9 mph fastball, snapped Ryan Flaherty's bat in half and produced a groundout to second.
Here's the Statcast montage:
The Yankees won the game, 2-1, with Chapman saving his 19th game in 20 chances. It was a formulaic victory for New York: starter Ivan Nova went six innings before pithy outings by Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chapman closed things out. The team improved to 46-46, which makes 10 AL teams at or above .500.