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Keegan Thompson‘s Curveball
I’ve got to say… this was a pretty weak slate of games and there weren’t that many nasty pitches to go around. I watched every single CSW pitch from each of the three games and this is what we ended up with. That doesn’t mean we were without some true filth, as Fernando Tatís Jr. found out the hard way three separate times. This was the third of his three strikeouts, which all came on breakers low and away. It’s tough to strike out one of the best hitters in the league, but the Cubs found a recipe for success on Monday night and they stuck to it.
Chris Rodriguez‘s Curveball
I didn’t realize Chris Rodriguez was healthy and pitching again. This is an exciting development because he’s got a nasty sinker and a nasty curve, as shown above. This one was never in the zone but that didn’t stop Jorge Soler from whiffing at it anyway.
Hirokazu Sawamura‘s Splitter
I still can’t get over how impressive Hirokazu Sawamura‘s splitter is. It averages nearly 92 MPH and sometimes touches 95, all with 28 inches of drop and nearly nine inches of break. This one got a huge whiff from the always dangerous Jesús Aguilar in a critical moment of Monday’s game.
Adam Ottavino‘s Slider
Zach Pop‘s Slider
The puns you likely have to endure when your name is Zach Pop probably got old a long time ago. I’ll leave the puns for the professionals, but Pop snapped this breaker right past Christian Arroyo, who was not crackling in laughter after being made to look silly.
Rex Brothers‘ Slider
Rex Brothers does not pitch in the city of Brothersly love. Instead, he pitches in the Windy city, and wind is what he was feeling after Jake Cronenworth whiffed at this nasty slider to end the fourth inning.
Adbert Alzolay‘s Slider
Adbert Alzolay unfortunately left this one with a blister, though he did manage to throw 82 pitches with some impressive sliders. This one to get Brian O’Grady swinging got him out of a huge jam early in the game and kept the Cubs in it.
Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)