The Mets bring the heat
New York's top three starting pitchers all ranked in the top 11 in the majors in fastball velocity this season.
No other team had more than one starter among the top 14 in average fastball velocity this season.
That trio has also been effective with its power. All three were in the top 20 starters in both opponents' batting average and OPS during the regular season.
The heat continues at the back of the Mets' bullpen. At 97.1 mph, closer Jeurys Familia ranked seventh among all relievers this season in average fastball velocity.
The Cubs have an answer
Kyle Schwarber has grabbed headlines with his playoff power, becoming the first Cubs rookie with three home runs in a single postseason. But Kris Bryant has been Chicago's best weapon against the fastest fastball this season.
In plate appearances ending against a fastball of at least 94.5 mph, Bryant was in the top 25 in batting average (.330) and slugging percentage (.617), and he was second in the majors with 16 extra-base hits.
That's not to say Schwarber won't be dangerous. In his limited time in the big leagues, the pitcher he’s faced most is Gerrit Cole, who averages 95.6 mph with his fastball. Schwarber is 3-for-8 with a home run against Cole, though that bomb came off a silver in the Wild Card Game.