Tayron Guerrero’s Fastball and the Nastiest Pitches from 6/20
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Tayron Guerrero’s Fastball
Tayron Guerrero gave up the Marlins’ lead before striking out Paul Goldschmidt on this 101 mph fastball. Goldschmidt was left frozen by this perfectly placed pitch.
Hansel Robles’ Changeup
At first glance, this pitch seems too fast to be a changeup, but it’s also too slow to be a fastball from the high-powered Hansel Robles. Robles can dial up his fastball to 100 mph and beyond and then drop a 93 mph changeup just below the zone. Teoscar Hernandez struck out on this dirty changeup to end the ninth inning.
Charlie Morton’s Curveball
Charlie Morton and Frankie Montas went head-to-head in a mesmerizing pitching duel last night in Oakland. Morton started off the game with his curveball biting as Khris Davis can attest. This pitch ends up just off the outside corner but way too close to take. When the ball moves like Morton’s curveball does, it’s hard for hitters to figure out where the pitch will end up.
Hector Rondon’s Two-seam Fastball
Hector Rondon has fallen down the pecking order in the Astros bullpen since his role as injury replacement closer last year, but he still has top-of-the-line stuff. This two-seamer eats Luke Voit alive as it breaks onto Voit’s hands at 98 mph.
Zac Gallen’s Changeup
Zac Gallen had a strong debut using his fastball, slider, and especially his changeup to finish off hitters. Paul Goldschmidt was looking for a fastball on this pitch, but Gallen throws a 3-2 changeup below the zone. Gutsy pitching by Gallen against a former MVP.
Frankie Montas’ Slider
Frankie Montas’ new splitter gets a lot of attention, but his slider is a great pitch in its own right. This unfair slider to Tommy Pham is placed perfectly on the black at 89 mph.
John Gant’s Changeup
John Gant has had a nice 2019 season and is underrated as a fantasy option in leagues with holds or saves+holds as a category. Gant uses his changeup to get fastball hitters such as Starlin Castro to start their swings too early.
Dylan Bundy’s Slider
Dylan Bundy is the lone occasional bright spot in the Orioles’ dreadful rotation. Bundy had all four of his pitches working last night, including a slider with great late downward break. Free swinging J.P. Crawford couldn’t hold up his swing on Bundy’s best slider of the night.
GIF of the Night
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