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Corey Kluber’s Curveball
Six no-hitters. It’s May 20th. That’s four this month. And two days in a row?!?! This is getting crazy. Yes, Corey Kluber made history last night with the first Yankees’ no-no since David Cone’s perfect game. There’s not much to say other than Kluber was at the top of his game last night. I mean — just check out this ridiculous back door curve to Joey Gallo. Perfectly located, wild break. What a filthy pitch on a historic night for Kluber.
Liam Hendriks‘ Curveball
Liam Hendriks‘ came in to close the door on a series that was mostly focused on unwritten rules and whatnot. But, there was also baseball played in between all that. It was a dominant pitching performance for the White Sox, and it was capped off with this gorgeous curve that Hendriks bent past Max Kepler to close out the game.
Kevin Gausman’s Splitter
So far, Kevin Gausman has been worth every dollar the Giants paid him this offseason. Gausman has dominated on the mound, which has been a big part of why the Giants find themselves at the top of a stacked NL West. Last night, Gausman tossed six innings of fabulous one-hit ball for the Giants. Here, he throws his signature splitter that puts Shogo Akiyama into a spin cycle.
Lucas Giolito’s Changeup
This season has been somewhat of a struggle for Lucas Giolito thus far, but yesterday he was dominant on the mound, tossing eight frames and striking out 11, while only allowing a single run. His season ERA dropped to 4.35, so perhaps he’s getting into a rhythm. Here, he tosses his lethal changeup right past Ben Rortvedt for a swinging strike three.
Joe Musgrove’s Slider
Joe Musgrove took the mound yesterday for the Padres and continued his early-season domination. He threw seven scoreless innings and struck out 11 hitters. Although there were many nasty choices to go with, it’s this filthy slider to Dom Nuñez that takes the cake.
Craig Stammen’s Sinker
A bit later in the game, we got to see Dom Nuñez yet again (like the rest of the Rockies, he just couldn’t catch a break yesterday). This time he faced Craig Stammen, and instead of swinging, Nuñez just stares in disbelief as the Padres’ late-inning man bent a sinker over the inside edge of the plate for strike three.
John Means‘ Curveball
Following in the theme of featuring guys who have thrown no-hitters this season (see Musgrove, Kluber above) let’s take a look at John Means. Means has been insanely good, and although he struggled yesterday, his ERA on the season remains at an elite 1.70. Here, he bends an insane curve past Mike Brosseau for a swinging strike (h/t to Noah Avary for finding this one).
Corbin Burnes‘ Sinker
Corbin Burnes continued his fantastic season last night, with a six-inning quality outing in which he struck out nine and only allowed two runs. Burnes was bringing the heat early against the Royals. Watch as he blasts a 98 mph heater right past Andrew Benintendi for a swing and a miss strike three. Wow.
Zach Eflin’s Changeup
Zach Eflin had a solid outing last night for the Phillies, as he went six innings and struck out as many batters. Eflin’s solid game was not enough to beat the Marlins, but this one was on the Phillies’ offense, so little fault should be placed on Eflin. Here’s his nasty changeup, which gets some great late break to fool Miguel Rojas for strike three.
Clayton Kershaw’s Slider
Finally, we’ve got Clayton Kershaw and his filthy slider. Kershaw was absolutely dominant for the Dodgers, going six innings and striking out eight. Here’s his filthiest offering of the night, a nasty slider that runs out of the zone as Pavin Smith offers a futile swing.
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