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Jacob deGrom’s Changeup
If the best pitcher in baseball continues to pitch on the day of my article then I’ll have a very enjoyable season. Last week it was Jacob deGrom’s incredible heater (which he threw even better today at times) that made the cut, this week it is this phenomenal 91 mph changeup that nastily darts inside to a beleaguered Garrett Cooper. This was deGrom’s 13th strikeout of the day.
Trevor Rogers‘ Four-Seam Fastball
For the second time in as many meetings, Marlins’ young gun Trevor Rogers has out-pitched deGrom for a win. It was by far the outstanding pitcher duel of the day and Rogers consistently painted the corners with his arsenal, just like he does here with a perfectly placed 97 mph knee-buckler to Pete Alonso to end the first inning
Ian Anderson’s Changeup
When you think you’re never going to see a better pitch than that deGrom changeup, young Atlanta Braves starter Ian Anderson serves up this unhittable 88 mph changeup to strike out veteran Didi Gregorius. My, oh my!
Sean Newcomb’s Cutter
Ouch, I feel a bit bad doing a disservice to a professional like Didi Gregorius, but here he is again being completely bamboozled by another 88 mph pitch – this time a perfect cutter from Sean Newcomb. I can also blame (and thank) PL+ member nvita for the spot on this one.
Adrian Houser’s Sinker
This performance from Adrian Houser should be in the talk for the pitcher of the day nod as he went five strong innings allowing just one run against a strong Cardinals lineup. His pitch of the day gave him his first K and it was his nastiest by some margin – a lovely 94 mph sinker to fell Paul DeJong.
Aaron Civale’s Cutter
Jimmy Nelson’s Knuckle-Curve
Death, taxes, and amazing Jimmy Nelson breaking balls. This delightful 87 mph knuckle-curveball got the Dodgers out of a big jam in the 6th inning. Poor Andrew Stevenson might as well have been wearing a blindfold.
Jonathan Loaisiga’s Sinker
They don’t get much better than a 98 mph sinker low and away – Yankees reliever Jonathan Loaisiga continues to be a name to watch for us here at Pitcher List. Yoshi Tsutsugo the hapless batter on this one.
Chris Archer’s Slider
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