Carlos Ruiz's double off Aroldis Chapman was on historic heat

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Carlos Ruiz doubled on a 103.5-mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman last night and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes that it’s the fastest pitch any player has actually gotten a hit on since the Pitch-f/x system began tracking velocity in 2008.
Carlos Gonzalez’s single off Chapman on September 6 had been the record-holder at 102.0 miles per hour, and the next seven spots on the list all belong to pitches thrown by Joel Zumaya.
Zolecki also passes along an interesting tidbit from Society for American Baseball Research member Trent McCotter, who broke down the 19 pitches above 103.0 mph since 2008 as follows:
– 12 balls
– 3 foul strikes
– 2 called strikes
– 1 swinging strike
– 1 put in play
In other words, Ruiz is the only guy to even put a 103-or-higher pitch in play. The lesson? As always, Chooch is the man.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.