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Justin Verlander’s Changeup
Justin Verlander passed the great Bob Gibson to reach 14th on the all time strike out list. This phenomenal 87 mph changeup to Seth Brown was his pitch of the day. And what a day it was, ending in a league leading 12th win to go along with 10 brilliant strikeouts.
Jhoan Duran’s Curveball
When it comes down to the closer in Twins baseball these days the ball is safely nestled in the hand of Jhoan Duran. The exciting young arm has been electric so far this year and he picked up his sixth save of the season thanks to an impressive ninth inning. This sharp 88 mph curveball to strike out Seby Zavala is as good as it gets.
Miles Mikolas‘ Sinker
Big veteran righty Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals is on a tear at the moment, churning through innings and collecting wins for his ball club. He made little work of the Reds today, striking out four and giving up just one run in seven quality innings. This beautiful 95 mph two-seam fastball to jelly-leg Tyler Stephenson is every pitcher’s favorite way to end an inning.
Marcus Stroman’s Cutter
Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker went head-to-head in a fascinating pitcher’s battle in Chicago, with the Mets taking out a narrow win to continue their push for the postseason. Stroman was excellent once again after recently returning from the injured list – this terrific 89 mph cut-fastball perfectly located to strike out Eduardo Escobar.
Edwin Díaz’s Slider
Who else but the sensational Edwin Díaz to close it out for the Mets. Rafael Ortega swinging at fresh air trying to cope with this brutal 90 mph slider that drops sharply nice and late. Nasty!
Mitch Keller’s Slider
Mitch Keller has had a terrific last month or so and his stuff is inducing swings-and-misses like never before. This ripping 83 mph sweeping slider was way too good for José Iglesias.
Logan Gilbert’s Four-Seam Fastball
The Mariners won their 13th straight game on the back of an impressive five innings from young Logan Gilbert, who allowed just one run and struck out four including veteran Kole Calhoun with this 97 mph fastball with run away from the lefty.
Max Fried’s Curveball
I always tune in to watch crafty Atlanta left Max Fried. The uncompromising young arm is always locked in and he was once again dominant yesterday picking up his 10th win of the season on the back of four strikeouts, including this 78 mph curveball to strike out Tres Barrera.
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