I’m no baseball fan, but I was watching the Marlins trounce the Yanks last night and became intrigued at a Marlins pitcher–a big pudgy black fellow–who was throwing fast balls in the 95-97 mph range.
He seemed to be doing so without any apparent strain. Although I know better, he looked like he was doing it effortlessly. Basically, I was wondering:
a) if he (or other pitchers) had it in him to throw controlled 100-mph fastballs, or is throwing the incremental 2-5 mph exponentially more difficult to achieve?
b) given the need to throw for several innings and to throw accurately, are these fastball experts throwing at their maximum sustainable speed, or is their a bit more in reserve that they could tap, if they wanted to?
c) Am I right in thinking that few if any major-league pitchers can throw consistent 100-mph fastballs?