Coffee and Clippings: Chapman, Rondon Throwing Heat

Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) of FanGraphs breaks down the 100+ mph pitches thrown by Aroldis Chapman and Bruce Rondon…

According to the best data I can access, so far this year there have been 425 pitches thrown at least 100 miles per hour. Andrew Cashner‘s got one. Nathan Eovaldi‘s got one. Matt Harvey‘s got two. Bruce Rondon‘s got 104. Aroldis Chapman‘s got 196. To set a cutoff at 100 is arbitrary, but it feels natural, and 100 definitely has the feel of a magic number. A fastball at 100 is, officially, a fastball in the triple digits. Within the realm of 100+ mile-per-hour fastballs, Rondon and Chapman, combined, have thrown more than twice as many as everybody else. The next-highest total after Rondon’s 104 is Kelvin Herrera‘s 45, and there’s long been talk that the PITCHf/x in Kansas City is miscalibrated.

Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) of the LA Times looks at the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over the Giants in 11 innings…

The Dodgers moved another day closer to the postseason Thursday, reducing their magic number to win the NL West to five with a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Dodger Stadium was sold out. Reliever Brian Wilson was credited with the win in his first game against his former team. And Adrian Gonzalez was the walk-off hero, driving in Carl Crawford with a single against Jeremy Affeldt.

But magical nights like this come at a price, to both the team and to the fans.

Also writing for the LA Times, Steve Dilbeck (@stevedilbeck) talks about the Dodgers’ increased ticket prices set for the 2014 season…

Success has its costs.

The Dodgers put their 2014 season tickets up for sale Thursday, and this time it is going to cost more to return to Dodger Stadium. In some places, a lot more.

The Dodgers said more than 45,000 seats are increasing by less than $3, but they are making it more costly for the premium tickets. Like a little bit of the Staples Center approach.

The Dallas Morning News mentions 10 things to think about as the Rangers play the Athletics in an upcoming three game series…

Two years into this struggle, the Rangers and Oakland remain stuck to each other. The clubs have split their last 40 games. Since opening day 2012, Oakland is 179-129, and the Rangers are 174-133. In the last three seasons, the Rangers have won the American League West twice, and Oakland has one title. As the two teams meet in Arlington for a critical three game series, Staff Writer Gerry Fraley gives you 10 storylines to watch.

Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) of Masslive.com discusses the Red Sox bullpen and what still needs to be figured out…

Rubby De La Rosa didn’t come through after Drake Britton did.

The end result Thursday night, a 4-3 loss to the Rays, wasn’t what the Red Sox hoped for, but there’s valuable information to be found as the team tries to figure out its bullpen for a playoff run.

De La Rosa had his chance in the eighth inning of a 4-3 Red Sox loss to the Rays, who pulled ahead on Wil Myers’ fly-ball double that stayed just fair down the right field line. The game had been knotted at 3 since the top of the sixth inning. Britton retired all four batters he faced from the seventh through the first out of the eighth, when De La Rosa entered.

Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) from Brewers Beat provides an update on Brewers’ Corey Hart as he’s recovering from knee surgery…

Brewers officials said Thursday that Corey Hart is recovering well from his latest knee surgery and is expected to visit Miller Park next week during the season’s final homestand.

Will it be his final visit as a Brewer? That remains to be seen.

“We haven’t even begun to consider it yet,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “As we all know, there’s plenty of time.”

Michael O’Keeffe (@MOKNYDN) of NY Daily News reports that ARod could have a better chance in court against the MLB…

Alex Rodriguez and his attorneys may not wait until Sept. 30, when his appeal of his historic 211-game doping suspension is scheduled to begin, to launch an attack on Major League Baseball’s case against the controversial superstar.

Team A-Rod could file a federal lawsuit aimed at challenging or disrupting baseball’s disciplinary process before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz rules on the scandal-stained slugger’s appeal later this fall or even before the hearing process begins at the end of this month, two sports law experts told the Daily News on Thursday.