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Charlie Morton’s Curveball
Charlie Morton is approaching his 40th birthday, but still throws one of the best breaking balls in the league. Seven of his nine strikeouts on Tuesday were a result of the pitch, and his breaking ball led the way with a 41% CSW. He began the fourth with a nasty strikeout of Luis García.
Aaron Ashby’s Slider
The Brewers are battling for their playoff lives and entered Tuesday two and a half games shy of the final NL Wild Card spot. Aaron Ashby got the start against the playoff-bound Mets and tossed a pair of scoreless innings in his short start. He stuck out Pete Alonso on a fantastic slider below the zone.
Collin McHugh’s Slider
Poor Luis García is on the wrong end of two Nasty Pitches Tuesday, as Collin McHugh freezes the lefty on a great backdoor breaking ball.
Aaron Civale’s Curveball
Aaron Civale took the mound for the AL Central-leading Guardians as they attempted to fend off the playoff-hopeful White Sox. Civale started off strong and ended the first with a big breaking ball to José Abreu.
Joey Wentz’s Changeup
Joey Wentz tossed five and two-thirds scoreless innings on Tuesday night as the Tigers topped the struggling Orioles 3-2. With the loss, Baltimore dropped to five and a half back in the Wild Card race. Wentz picked up four Ks and put away Ryan Mountcastle on a great changeup.
Luis Ortiz’s Four-Seam Fastball
Giancarlo Stanton would get the last laugh as the slugger hit a walk-off grand slam, but Luis Ortiz showed that he could hold his own against the formidable Yankee lineup. Earlier in the game, the rookie would freeze Stanton with 100 at the knees.
Patrick Sandoval’s Slider
Patrick Sandoval punched out seven Rangers over five innings as the Angels beat their hosts 5-2. Five of his seven strikeouts came by way of the slider including this one to Leody Taveras.
Drey Jameson’s Slider
Arizona turned to Drey Jameson in the nightcap of Tuesday’s doubleheader with the Dodgers. The young righty cruised through five innings before allowing a two-run homer to Max Muncy in the sixth. Jameson did get the better of Muncy in their first matchup, however, with this nasty slider.
Shane McClanahan’s Slider
Shane McClanahan would, unfortunately, leave this outing early with an injury, though initial reports sound optimistic that he’ll make his next start. He struck out three before departing and put away Mauricio Dubón on a filthy slider.
Emmanuel Clase’s Slider
Emmanuel Clase was called upon for the save opportunity in the tenth, but the White Sox would manufacture a pair of runs to force the game to the eleventh. Clase struck out one in his outing, on a slider that fell off the table to Yoán Moncada.
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