Nolan Ryan had a front-row seat to Josh James' 102-mph flame-throwing in ALCS Game 4
For 27 seasons, Nolan Ryan put on a show every time he took the mound. Seven no-hitters, 5,714 strikeouts, a million frustrated and totally overmatched hitters. He was on another level, and possessed a fastball that was known to reach triple-digits.
The same can be said for Josh James, the Astros' young hurler who appeared in six games down the stretch this season for Houston and impressed enough to earn a spot on the postseason roster. In Wednesday's ALCS Game 4 showdown with the Red Sox at Minute Maid Park, James relieved Charlie Morton and fired a bunch of ridiculous pitches, like a 92-mph changeup thrown harder than some pitchers' fastballs.
His first three offerings were blazing fastballs that were clocked at 100.9 mph, 101.2 mph and 102.4 mph, which is just absurd. Ryan, perched in his seat behind home plate for the game as the executive advisor to Astros owner Jim Crane, had an excellent vantage point of the fireworks:
That's the face you make when you're not the only Houston pitcher throwing smoke anymore.