Peter Fairbanks’ Fastball and the Nastiest Pitches from 10/9

Callen Elslager recaps the nastiest pitched from Friday's game 5.

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Peter Fairbanks’ Fastball


Peter Fairbanks¬†came in as part of the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen on Friday night in order to keep the game at 1-1. Fairbanks was lights out in his relief appearance going two shutout innings allowing one hit and striking out three Yankees. Here was probably his biggest out of the game, striking out MLB’s homerun leader Luke Voit on an upstairs fastball dialing it up to 100 miles per hour to strand two runners on and prevent the Yankees from gaining the lead.


Gerrit Cole’s Fastball


Going on three days rest for the first time in his career, Gerrit Cole gave the Yankees everything they could have asked for allowing only one run and one hit in 5.1 innings along with 9 strikeouts, ideally setting up the Yankees to win this game. In the first inning, Cole worked himself into a jam with one hit batter, and two walks loading the bases with the Rays poised to strike early. However, Cole kept the game scoreless with a 97 mile per hour fastball painted at the bottom of the order on a 3-2 count to catch Joey Wendle looking, and get him out of the jam, setting up his dominant outing.


Zack Britton’s Sinker


Once Gerrit Cole was taken out of the game, Aaron Boone wasted no time getting the ball to his big backend relievers bringing Zack Britton into the game in the 6th to hold the game at 1-1. Britton would do just that striking out two in his scoreless 1.1 of relief. Here we see a nasty sinker down getting Joey Wendle to swing overtop, a huge out in a potential Tampa Bay rally.


Diego Castillo’s Slider


Diego Castillo¬†came on in relief for Tampa Bay in the 8th and 9th innings and was filthy with four strikeouts in two hitless innings keeping the game at 1-1 and then preserving the Tampa Bay 2-1 lead in the 9th. On this strikeout, Castillo catches pinch hitter Mike Ford looking at a perfectly spotted slider down in the zone very much fooling Ford as he thought it was ball 4. No Ford….it was a strike painted down at the knees, setting up Castillo’s dominant outing.





Callen Elslager

Callen is a law school student at Widener Law Commonwealth. When he doesn't have his head in the books studying law he can be found with his head in a Fangraphs or Baseball Savant page learning more about the sport he loves.

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