Did Strasburg hit 103?
I wasn't watching the Nationals Park radar reading after every Strasburg pitch, but every time I looked it was 97 or 98 or 99 or thereabouts. I heard rumors that he had hit triple digits at some point, and Adam Kilgore reported that Strasburg's last four fastballs were clocked at 98, 98, 99, 99. And at least on the MASN2 broadcast, at least one of the Strasburg heaters touched 103 mph.
"I think the gun broke on that last one," Rob Dibble observed in the clip. "I thought I saw a hundred and three."
That's sure what it looks like to me. Making it even more impressive, that speed bomb was in Strasburg's seventh and final inning of work.
"He really didn't start establishing the four-seam fastball until the fifth-inning, when he really started pumping it in," Jim Bowden told CSN after the game.
Imagine what he'd have done if he pitched into the ninth.
(Bowden's best quote: "It's good to see that baseball's back in Washington.")
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