Monday, April 12, 2010

A daydream

What if these two Cuban pitchers could face each other this year?

Aroldis Chapman, young turk, made his AAA debut yesterday with a 101 m.p.h. fastball and nine strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings. He will move up to the Cincinnati Reds later this season.

Livan Hernandez, lion in winter, was just reactivated by the Washington Nationals and pitched seven shutout innings yesterday against the Mets. His fastball was in the low 80’s but probably looked like 101 in contrast to curve balls in the low 60’s.

The Reds and Nats play June 4-6 in Washington and July 19-22 in Cincinnati.

[Photos from Washington Post (Livan) and ESPN Deportes (Chapman).]

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