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Dylan Cease’s Slider
Tuesday brought with it three pairs of doubleheaders for a jam-packed day of baseball. Dylan Cease got us started as he took the hill for the White Sox in game one. Cease bounced back from his first rough start of the season to go five and two-thirds scoreless and picked up nine strikeouts. He struck out Ryan O’Hearn here on a well-placed slider.
Ryan Pepiot’s Changeup
Ryan Pepiot made his second career start in game one of the Dodger’s doubleheader Tuesday. He displayed his 80-grade changeup early and often to D-Backs hitters, though his other two pitches were more effective. He picked up five strikeouts in total; this one as the lone K coming on a change.
Justin Bruihl’s Slider
Justin Bruihl was the first man to relieve Pepiot in this one and the lefty tossed one and a third scoreless innings in the relief appearance. He needed only 14 pitches to record the four outs and picked up a strikeout along the way with this sweeping slider to Pavin Smith.
Mike Clevinger’s Slider
Mike Clevinger showed improvement in his second start back from elbow surgery and continued to build on that in his third start on Tuesday. The eccentric veteran finally broke the five-inning mark and picked up five Ks along the way. He struck out Kyle Schwarber to end the first on a filthy back foot slider.
Logan Gilbert’s Slider
After a dominant start to the year, Logan Gilbert has had a couple of hiccups in his last two starts. The tall righty bounced back on Tuesday in Toronto, and despite taking the loss, pitched well. He recorded nine punchouts in seven innings and took Teoscar Hernández to a knee on this great slider.
José Berríos’ Curveball
Opposing Gilbert on the mound was Jays’ ace José Berríos. Berríos has struggled to find his form early in 2022 and has battled inconsistency most of the year. He was fantastic Tuesday against the Mariners and outdueled Gilbert to pick up the win. Berríos tallied four strikeouts on the day including one on this filthy curveball to Eugenio Suárez.
Brady Singer’s Slider
Brady Singer took the hill for the Royals in game two of their doubleheader and was masterful in the nightcap. The former Florida Gator picked up nine strikeouts in seven innings of work without allowing a run. He mixed his pitches well; collecting strikeouts on three different pitches. The slider led the way with five, including this one to Gavin Sheets.
Cody Poteet’s Changeup
It was a big sports day in Miami on Tuesday as both the Heat and Panthers hosted playoff games. Cody Poteet made sure some eyes stayed on the diamond, however, as the righty showed off his great changeup. The pitch has a whiff rate of nearly 50% on the year and Poteet showed why with a great one to Nelson Cruz.
Shane McClanahan’s Changeup
Shane McClanahan continues to progress in his journey from exciting young prospect to bona fide ace. The lefty complements his high-90s fastball with a pair of devastating breaking pitches plus a changeup that has yet to allow a hit all year. The change was on display here as it continued to run away from Daz Cameron.
Michael King’s Curveball
Michael King has been nearly unhittable in 2022, and in fact was on Tuesday night. King tossed three perfect innings, struck out six, and picked up an impressive ten whiffs on only nineteen swings. He finished off his night with a great curveball to Trey Mancini.
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