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Dylan Cease’s Slider
Baseball is a cruel beast sometimes. A marvelous one-hit shutout from Dylan Cease should have really been a no-hitter. But, with two outs in the ninth, the promising young White Sox hurler gave up a base hit to cloud over what was a brilliant outing. His hard slider was on point all evening, and this 90 mph ripper was far too good for Jermaine Palacios.
Shohei Ohtani’s Sinker
There was a dynamite pitching duel in Anaheim, with Astros young buck Luis Garcia and Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani both going deep into their starts, the game tied at 1-1 in the ninth inning. Ohtani has been stellar throughout the year and only added to his legend with this outing. A 100 mph two-seam fastball starting out and wickedly bending in to strike out Chas McCormick was a “wow” moment.
Luis Garcia’s Curveball
Julio Urías‘ Four-Seam Fastball
I loved the approach from young Dodgers star Julio Urías against the Padres’ on-fire hitter Manny Machado. Urías attacked Machado from the jump and got him chasing with this tantalizing heater high and away. Ballsy stuff, I love it.
Corbin Burnes‘ Changeup
This has been one of the rare occasions this year when Corbin Burnes has fallen on my day to do nasty pitches. It wasn’t a classic outing from the much-admired Brewers ace; however, it flashed moments of pure brilliance, like this 91 mph changeup to baffle young Corbin Carroll on the way to a seven-pitch, 1-2-3 inning. Nasty!
Madison Bumgarner’s Cutter
Rolling back the years, Madison Bumgarner tossed some magic during his outing against the Brewers. This classic 89 mph cut-fastball reminded us all of the quality he still possesses. Catcher Victor Caratini swung at fresh air in bewilderment.
Edward Cabrera’s Changeup
A simply perfect and completely unfair 94 mph changeup from Miami Marlins young star Edward Cabrera – the nastiest of nasty pitches to strike out Dansby Swanson and dig himself out of trouble in the third inning.
Bryce Elder’s Changeup
Speaking of nasty changeups, on the other side of the mound, Atlanta’s Bryce Elder continues to see his star rise after another six innings of dominant pitch mix – Elder allowed just two hits and this lovely 86 mph changeup to strike out Nick Fortes was a joy to behold.
Brayan Bello’s Sinker
Enigmatic young hurler Brayan Bello has certainly raised a few eyebrows in his major league debut season; his stuff is serious! Just look at the placement, movement and velocity on this 97 mph sinker that touches the bottom of the strike zone. Wowee!
Camilo Doval’s Four-Seam Fastball
Young Giants closer Camilo Doval picked up his 19th save of the season with an electric outing in his team’s narrow 5-4 win over the Phillies. This 101 mph heater rising high and up and out of the zone was the perfect pitch to setup Alec Bohm to strike out swinging on his next pitch. Filthy good.
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