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Paul Sewald’s Slider
Who? Yeah, I haven’t heard of Paul Sewald either. Apparently he’s pitched in parts of five different seasons, racking up 166.2 IP over the course of his career. News to me. But boy am I glad he showed up on my radar, cause look at this thing! He has a 30.6% CSW with the slider this season (dope), a 35.8% overall CSW (doper), and a career best 1.86 ERA in 19.1 innings (DOPEST). He seems like the type of bullpen arm a contender could make a deadline deal for, and you heard it here first (unless someone else said it first, in which case you heard it here second).
Vladimir Gutiérrez’s Changeup
Vladimir Gutiérrez throws some legitimately nasty stuff. His breakers are sharp with good velocity separation, and this changeup also gets a ton of movement. The changeup is easily his worst pitch (8.8% CSW), but I like what I see out of him more and more every time I watch him pitch. There could be something here.
Shohei Ohtani’s Splitter
Jake Cousins‘ Slider
Since making his big league debut last week, Jake Cousins has done nothing but deal in his four innings of work. His main offering, the slider, has been used over 50% of the time with a whopping 58.1% CSW so far. Yeah yeah yeah, small sample size, but you can’t deny that the pitch is filthy and should be able to miss plenty of at bats. Looks like the reliever farm up in Milwaukee unearthed yet another gem.
Aaron Nola’s Changeup
Aaron Nola had himself quite the interesting outing on Wednesday. Should we start with the good or the bad first? The bad news? Fine. He gave up seven earned runs over 4.2 innings and likely torpedoed your ratios if he’s on one of your rosters. The good news? 11 Ks, including this nasty changeup to get Starling Marte. We’ll take what we can get I guess.
Garrett Crochet’s Slider
Bailey Ober’s Curveball
The Athletic’s Eno Sarris was hyping up Bailey Ober a bit on Monday’s Rates & Barrels podcast, so naturally I had to see what the hype was all about. I wasn’t super impressed with what I saw, but that curveball is legit. He had a 47% CSW with the pitch on Wednesday night compared to a 23% CSW with everything else. I added him in one of my deeper leagues so we’ll see where this ride takes us.
Drew Rasmussen’s Slider
Drew Rasmussen struck out the hottest hitter in the world with this nasty slider with a ton of late drop. The horizontal movement isn’t there like the Crochet pitch, but it still fooled Kyle Schwarber into taking a very weak one-handed hack at it.
Dylan Cease’s Slider
The Twins have given up 20 runs since Josh Donaldson made the “hands aren’t sticky anymore!” comment
— MLB Foreign Substance Checks (@StickyCheck) July 1, 2021
What’s that they say about karma?
Miguel Sánchez’s Changeup
Miguel Sánchez averaged 94.5 MPH with his fastball and 90.5 MPH with his changeup last night. Everything I’ve been taught tells me that a four MPH velocity separation is not nearly enough to be effective, yet he carred a 40.7% CSW with those two pitches in his 2.1 innings of work. The difference maker has to be that Airbender-esque movement on the changeup, and I’m curious to see how well this will work for him over the course of the season.
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