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Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball #1 – Thor got off to a rocky start, but hot damn his Fastball looked electric. He struck out the first batter of the game, getting Alcides Escobar to whiff at 99 MPH cheddar as this Fastball traveled across the plate at an absurd rate.
Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball #2 – Syndergaard’s Fastball was a force to be reckoned with, and he showed off his crazy good movement with elite velocity often. Just watch him freeze Alex Gordon in the fourth inning with a pitch that would leave any hitter shaking his head.
Wade Davis‘ Curveball – The Royals closer was sterling himself through the postseason, and got the job done whenever he needed to. He struck out David Wright Saturday evening with this hook that featured super late drop into the dirt.
Wade Davis‘ Fastball – The final pitch of the baseball season was crazy good on its own, stunning Wilson Flores with 95 MPH heat right on the low inside corner.
Steven Matz’s Curveball – Matz hurled five solid innings for the Metropolitans in Game Four, and made Eric Hosmer’s night difficult with a Curveball that started near the slugger’s waist before diving out of the strikezone.
Yordano Ventura’s Fastball – Yordano’s very first pitch of the game may have been his best all night with hard Fastball featuring excellent movement toward the edge of the plate.
Matt Harvey’s Fastball – Say what you will about Harvey returning to face a pair of batters in the ninth inning, The Dark Knight looked dominant through his first 100 pitches. Here he perfectly spotted a Fastball Alex Rios at 98 MPH for a well earned punchout.
Ryan Madson’s Changeup – We’ve seen them often through the year, but I still get giddy watching perfectly executed Changeups to left-handers fade off the plate for the whiff. Michael Conforto didn’t have a chance.
Jeurys Familia’s Fastball – Yes, he technically became the first pitcher to blow three saves in a World Series, but he still featured some straight filth. Check out Alex Gordon struggle to hold up as Familia’s Fastball starts in the middle plate and ends up near the opposite batter’s box.
GIF Of The Game
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