Ian Anderson’s Curveball and the Nastiest Pitches from 10/13

The nastiest pitches of the night in the AL and NL Championship Series

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Ian Anderson‘s Curveball

 

 

Ian Anderson took the ball in game two of the NLCS and put forth a strong performance. While he did walk five, he managed to put up four shutout innings before giving way to a myriad of Atlanta relievers. To lead off the second he struck out Cody Bellinger on a curveball at the bottom of the zone.

 

Ian Anderson‘s Changeup

 

 

Corey Seager fell victim to Ian Anderson’s changeup twice in two at-bats on Tuesday. In the second instance, Anderson gets Seager to chase the pitch as it tails away and out of the zone.

 

Tony Gonsolin‘s Four-Seam Fastball

 

 

Tony Gonsolin was sent out to start game two after Clayton Kershaw was scratched with a back issue. Apart from a Freddie Freeman home run, Gonsolin cruised through four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. He did end the night with seven strikeouts over his 4.1 innings, including this one of Nick Markakis, getting him to swing through an elevated fastball at 97 MPH.

 

Ryan Thompson’s Slider

 

 

Ryan Thompson was the fourth pitcher used by the Rays on Tuesday, and found himself in a high leverage situation with two on and no outs in the eighth. He got the best of Alex Bregman as Thompson inundated Bregman with sinkers down in the zone before throwing a frisbee slider away to get the whiff.

 

Jose Urquidy‘s Slider

 

 

Jose Urquidy got the start in game three of the ALCS, and put forth a solid performance that allowed the Astros to stay in the game, although the Rays would put up five runs in the sixth to take a 3-0 series lead. Urquidy showed off his sharp breaking ball, like this one to Manuel Margot.

 

Ryan Yarbrough‘s Curveball

 

 

Ryan Yarbrough started game three for the Rays on Tuesday, limiting Houston to two runs over his five innings of work. While Yarbrough won’t light up the radar gun, he got Kyle Tucker to flail at this curveball to begin his at bat in the fourth.

 

Chris Martin‘s Slider

 

 

Chris Martin tossed one shutout inning of relief for the Braves on Tuesday. His lone strikeout came against Will Smith with a strong wipeout slider off the plate. (h/t to PL+ member burial)

 

Diego Castillo‘s Slider

 

 

Diego Castillo shut the door for the Rays Tuesday, as he has become a lock down option at the back end of their bullpen. Castillo struck out a pair in the ninth, and began the inning striking out Josh Reddick with a back-foot slider. (h/t to PL+ member AetherJ)

Colin McCusker

Colin is a former collegiate pitcher who now spends his time watching as many Red Sox games as possible. He currently hopes the Red Sox team ERA will end the 2020 season in single digits.

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