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Chris Bassitt’s Curveball
There isn’t a pitcher less hyped than Oakland Athletics starter Chris Bassitt. Quietly putting in another ace-caliber season, Bassitt absolutely demolished home-run leader Shohei Ohtani with this delightful 75 mph overhead curveball.
Gerrit Cole’s Changeup
The Yankees’ big show headliner Gerrit Cole didn’t use the changeup too much today, firing down the White Sox lineup with a mix of straight heat and knuckle curveballs. However, this 89 mph changeup low and bending away from Yoan Moncada certainly caught the eye. Simply perfect.
Brady Singer’s Slider
The questions lingering around Brady Singer being a long-term elite starter have nothing to do with his unreal slider. Singer clearly needs to develop pitches but he is blessed with a killer slider, such as this 87 mph offering to fell Jeimer Candelario.
Emmanuel Clase’s Cutter
The sensational ascent of Emmanuel Clase has been exciting to watch so far this season. The young Cleveland closer was phenomenal again yesterday, retiring all five batters he faced in just 15 pitches. The best was this nasty 101 mph disappearing cutter to strike out Rob Refsnyder.
Lance McCullers’ Changeup
The Astros bullpen fell apart for Lance McCullers who left with a 4-3 lead after an impressive five innings in which he struck out seven batters, including the dangerous Joey Gallo with this vicious 84 mph changeup that expertly nicks the outside corner of the strike zone.
Sonny Gray’s Sinker
The perfect offering to the opposition’s power bat is a filthy sinking fastball low and away from the hitter. That is exactly what this 95 mph Sonny Gray sinker achieves to Brewers slugger Avisaíl García.
Bryse Wilson’s Changeup
Our third changeup of the day and it is a beauty – Bryse Wilson is trying to emulate the long line of young Braves pitchers to make their mark on Major League Baseball over the last couple of years. He took a step forward today mainly thanks to this delicious 88 mph changeup. Ben Gamel chasing pavements here.
Sam Coonrod’s Changeup
Yes, it was a changeup kind of day yesterday, sometimes it just falls like that. Sam Coonrod, who has been quietly fantastic so far this year for the Phillies, gave up back-t0-back home runs yesterday to the first two hitters he faced but then answered back with three straight Ks. This lovely 82 mph changeup to cut down Franchy Cordero was his best pitch of the night.
Diego Castillo’s Slider
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