St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks.

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Jordan Hicks Retakes Fastest-Pitch Crown With 105.1-MPH

Hicks now owns eight of the top-10, and 13 of the 20 fastest pitches thrown this season.

May 21, 2018 - 8:12 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - Jordan Hicks got four outs to finish the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday. But his and starter Jack Flaherty's combined two-hitter wasn't the most impressive stat on the day. Hicks threw the fastest pitch in the majors this season, according to Statcast — a 105.1 mph two-seam fastball to Odubel Herrera in the ninth.

Hicks hit 105 mph twice against Herrera, and the five fastest pitches in the big leagues this year. Hicks' pitches were clocked at 104, 105, 104, 105 and 103, according to Statcast.

The rookie reliever threw 11 pitches 100 mph or harder Sunday.

"I saw the 103 (Saturday) night and said, 'Oh, I guess I can do that. I'll try to throw a little harder today,'" Hicks says, who threw on back-to-back days for the fourth time this season.

He earned the "fastest pitch of 2018" honors back from New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman, who threw 103 to Jackie Bradley Jr. on May 8. Although it's debatable, Hicks threw – possibly – the hardest pitch in MLB history on Sunday. In the Statcast era it ties Chapman's 105.1-MPH from 2016 (Hicks' pitch had a higher perceived speed), but some flame throwers of the past like Nolan Ryan, Bob Feller and Walter Johnson may disagree.

Hicks, who now owns eight of the top-10, and 13 of the 20 fastest pitches thrown this season, is 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings.