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Aaron Nola’s Sinker
An absolute masterclass from Aaron Nola gave the Phillies a dominant 4-0 win, and the Phillies ace notched his ninth win of the season. This vicious 93 mph sinker starts outside and wickedly nicks the outside of the strike zone of Austin Romine.
Drew Rasmussen’s Slider
The hot new property on the fantasy baseball scene, Tampa Bay Rays starter Drew Rasmussen once again threw a beauty, striking out nine on the way to his ninth win of the season. This delightful 87 mph slider to strike out Taylor Ward was top-notch.
Pablo Sandoval’s Changeup
Pablo Sandoval has established himself as a front-end starter for the Angels and, like his Japanese superstar teammate, needs run support and defense. Both let him down today despite a strong six innings. The Panda struck out Yu Chang with this beautiful 84 mph changeup.
Dakota Hudson’s Sinker
After a long stint on the injured list, Dakota Hudson has returned with a bang, showing improved command and movement on his two-seam fastball. This perfectly placed 92 mph sinker to strike out Patrick Wisdom is a promising sign of things to come.
Félix Bautista’s Four-Seam Fastball
Electric new Orioles closer Félix Bautista once again showed why the baseball world is so excited about him – embarrassing young star Luis Robert by blowing this 101 mph four-seam fastball past him for the strikeout.
Jacob deGrom’s Slider
Jacob deGrom is starting to get stretched out, and the results are mind-blowing. DeGrom struck out nine across six phenomenal innings, allowing just three hits and reaching 100.7 mph on his fastball. This nasty offering is just your casual 93 mph slider that gives Sam Hilliard no chance and comfortably sits as one of the top pitches in baseball.
Kevin Gausman’s Splitter
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