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Nick Neidert’s Slider
Nick Neidert has bounced between the majors and minors for most of the year but was called up to make the start on Tuesday against the Mets. The final line wasn’t outstanding, but Neidert pitched well enough to earn the win. He showed off this nasty slider that got way in on Dominic Smith to end the first.
Garrett Richards’ Slider
Garrett Richards has not been the same pitcher since the sticky stuff crackdown, routinely getting lit up in his short starts. Tuesday’s outing wasn’t much of an improvement over his recent appearances, but he showed off a great slider to strikeout Eric Haase swinging.
Hyun Jin Ryu’s Changeup
It didn’t take Hyun Jin Ryu long to pick up his first strikeout of the night as he dispatched leadoff man Myles Straw on only five pitches. The new addition to Cleveland’s lineup was caught chasing a filthy tumbling changeup.
Patrick Corbin’s Slider
Patrick Corbin has been far from the epitome of consistency this year as the lefty has struggled to pick up whiffs or suppress runs. He did have eight K’s on Tuesday night, his highest total in nearly three months. He showed no compassion for fellow pitcher Zack Wheeler as he got the Phillies’ hurler to chase a sweeping breaking ball way outside.
Zack Wheeler’s Four Seam Fastball
Despite the punchout on the offensive end, Zack Wheeler would come out the victor on Tuesday as he out-dueled the lefty from Washington. Josh Bell went down looking on a 97 mph fastball spotted on the black.
Kenta Maeda’s Splitter
Eugenio Suarez took Kenta Maeda deep for the Reds’ first score of the game, but Maeda would exact his revenge in their next matchup. The righty got a big swing and miss from Suarez on a nasty splitter.
Taijuan Walker’s Splitter
As good as Maeda’s splitter was, this one from Taijuan Walker may have been better. Walker worked himself into a jam in the first but was able to escape unscathed, thanks in part to this fantastic splitter to Lewis Brinson.
Hector Neris’ Splitter
Tuesday was apparently a big day for splitters as we now feature our third in a row. The Philadelphia bullpen has been an adventure this year as Hector Neris previously held the closer role before relinquishing it to a number of different Phillies. Now used as a setup man, Neris unleashed this absolutely filthy splitter to end the eighth and strikeout Luis Garcia.
Dylan Cease’s Knuckle-Curve
Dylan Cease picked up an impressive 21 whiffs en route to 11 K’s over his six innings of work. He had it all working and collected multiple strikeouts on three different pitches. One of his three to come on his knuckle-curve was this one to Carlos Santana for the first out of the sixth.
Blake Treinen’s Sinker
Blake Treinen’s sinker is one of the best in the game when it’s working, and it was indeed working on Tuesday night. It’s just unfair to throw this to AL pitcher Lance McCullers Jr.
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