Only once Friday night did Gerrit Cole let his eyes wander to the Angel Stadium scoreboard in left-center field to see a 100-mph reading on the radar gun. He was too focused to keep track of the other seven times. Cole hit 100 mph or higher eight times Friday night, a remarkable feat for a starting pitcher. Matt Harvey of the New York Mets is the only other starting pitcher to hit triple digits on the radar gun this season, and he has done it only once, according to ESPN. Hitting 100 mph isn't as rare as it used to be. But for a starter to maintain it over several innings is still impressive, said catcher Russell Martin. "What's impressive to me is it doesn't look like there's that much effort out there," he said. "He's not out there grunting to throw 100. It's crazy. Normally, you see a closer or somebody that's going in there for 15, 20 pitches and they can go ahead and go full-out. He's sustaining that for six, seven innings."
Gerrit Cole Hits 100mph Eight Times Against LA Angels
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Jun 24