MLB: Cardinals closer throws 102 MPH without throwing everything and says he still gets it up to 105

As if trying to hit a 102 mph fastball wasn’t hard enough, the second baseman for the Miami Marlins, Jazz Chisholm Jr.., flailed desperately into a two-seam straight from the right-handed pitcher Jordan Hicks, St. Louis Cardinals Thursday like someone would if they were trying to swat a bug. When she predictably snorted, Chisholm put his hand on his hip and glared at Hicks in frustration as he ran off.

That moment in Thursday’s 7-4 slate loss perfectly illustrated what a rehabbing Hicks has said for weeks: He doesn’t need to throw everything, and match speed records as he did early in his career, to get outs for The cardinals:

Imagine: Hicks’ 101.9 mph pitch wasn’t all, and yet, according to Statcast, it strayed from the lefty Chisholm about 18 inches to the outside. Hicks, 25, spoke of the 104 mph he threw three seasons ago.

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I dropped that in 2019. Situations will require more speed, hairier situations where you have guys on first and third and no outs and you need a strikeout. i still have that [103-105 mph] In my arm. But I feel like 100-101 is natural for me, and that’s something I can get to easily.”

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I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and all Mexican baseball in general. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterruptedly since 2009), signatures of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, although as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I have baseball in my veins. Degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. This is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Cardinals closer throws 102 MPH without throwing everything and says he still gets it up to 105