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Shane Bieber’s Slider
After falling behind Detroit’s top prospect Spencer Torkelson with two missed fastballs, Shane Bieber switched gears to the offspeed stuff and absolutely decimated the rookie. Despite this nastiness, it was a rough start for the former Cy Young award winner. He allowed five runs on seven hits across 5.2 IP with three walks to boot, but notched six Ks and 24 whiffs as well.
Corbin Burnes‘ Changeup
Corbin Burnes is a regular fixture here at Nastiest Pitches but we’re taking a break from his cutter to present you with his rarely thrown changeup instead.
Liam Hendriks‘ Slider
The White Sox are surely happy to have wipeout closer Liam Hendriks back from the IL. This slider to get ahead on Max Kepler is exhibit A for why he holds a 36.4% strikeout rate so far in 2022. Hitters have to respect his 98 MPH fastball and end up waving at air when they get a breaker instead.
Shohei Ohtani’s Splitter
The Angels’ two-way star was at it again on Wednesday. He went seven innings, racked up 10 strikeouts, and allowed only two hits and one unearned run to the Marlins. His splitter accounted for the first five of those Ks and got him through the first four innings, at which point he turned to his other secondaries to work through three more innings and hand the ball over to his bullpen to secure the win.
Jordan Romano’s Fastball
Jordan Romano is quickly establishing himself as one of the top closers in the game with a plus fastball and well-controlled slider. He utilized both to dispatch the A’s for his 18th save of the season.
Luis Severino’s Cutter
Luis Severino cruised through six scoreless innings against the Pirates in just 88 pitches. It wasn’t a lights-out performance as he only earned three strikeouts, but he held the Bucs to four hits and kept them scoreless. As a unit, the Yanks’ starting rotation holds the second-best ERA and best WHIP in the league.
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