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Brusdar Graterol‘s Sinker
This ridiculous sinker by Brusdar Graterol is the fastest pitch he’s thrown in his short career. 102 mph?!?!?! Insane. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pitch this fast live on TV, and I nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw it. Not to mention the ridiculous movement he gets on the pitch… sheesh.
Walker Buehler‘s Knuckle-Curve
Walker Buehler pitched out of his mind on Friday, throwing six innings of one-run ball with 10 strikeouts. The knuckle-curve earned a 36% CSW on the evening, and Buehler was easily the best player on the field in this one.
Charlie Morton‘s Curveball
As good as Buehler was in this one, Charlie Morton was also getting a ton of strikes and making batters miss. He struck out six in 4.1 innings, and his 14/32 CSW on the curveball was fantastic. The five earned runs and seven hits? Not so great, and that’s why the Rays now find themselves in a 2-1 series hole.
Blake Treinen‘s Sinker
Woof. Blake Treinen has such an effortless delivery, and it’s so impressive seeing him throw in the high 90s with such filthy movement. This sinker had so much movement that it fell out of the glove almost immediately. There are a lot of “sinkers” that are thrown fast, get a ton of horizontal break, but don’t really “sink” a lot (see Graterol above). Treinen’s sinker? Oh yeah, it sinks. Big time. It’s one of the best in the game for a reason.
Charlie Morton‘s Cutter
Morton had a 50% CSW on 20 cutters thrown Friday night, including this ridiculous pitch that elicited a flailing swing from Max Muncy. It’s a shame that Morton didn’t get the results he wanted on the night, because some of his stuff was truly filthy. Just another example proving that nastiness doesn’t always correlate to success.