Pitching Ninja’s 5 Filthiest Pitches: Félix Bautista’s splitter is unfair


By Rob Friedman, aka “Pitching Ninja”
FOX Sports activities MLB Analyst

It was a brief week in baseball, because of the All-Star break, however there was no scarcity of filthy pitching across the league. 

Listed here are my 5 filthiest pitches of the week.

1. Félix Bautista‘s splitter

This may need been one of many filthiest splitters I’ve ever seen. Take a look at the ridiculous drop on this 91 mph splitter — borderline unfair! 

Here is that splitter overlaid with Bautista’s 99 mph elevated fastball. You may see how a lot that splitter drops.

2. Justin Verlander‘s fountain of youth fastball

Verlander is 39 years previous and getting back from Tommy John surgical procedure, however you would not comprehend it from watching him pitching this season. This elevated 99 mph fastball seems to be like classic JV. 

In line with David Adler with MLB, Verlander and Billy Wagner are the one pitchers within the pitch monitoring period to throw 99 mph at age 39 or over. 

Take a look at Verlander’s response after this 97 mph fastball on his 101st pitch of the sport. Fireplace me up!

three. Dylan Cease‘s knuckle curves 

Stop was snubbed for the All-Star recreation, however he is nonetheless within the working for the AL Cy Younger Award. Whereas Stop’s slider (rightfully) will get all the eye, these knuckle curves to Franmil Reyes had been merely unhittable. Stop might’ve instructed Reyes they had been coming, and he could not have performed something about it!

four. Reid Detmers‘ attractive curveball 

Detmers gained my Faculty Baseball Prettiest Pitch of the Yr Award in 2020 for good motive.

This curveball Detmers threw whereas shutting down the Braves is as fairly a curve as you’ll see.  Grasp it within the Louvre! 

5. Ryan Helsley‘s flame-thrower 

Helsley has been completely dominant this season, with an ERA of .067 and a zero.645 WHIP. These fastballs appear to be they had been shot out of a cannon … after which he can drop a unclean slider on you.  

You may see why he’s been so powerful to hit all yr. Good luck!

Honorable point out:

Two Pitching Ninja mainstays made rehab begins this week! In case you forgot, Lance McCullers Jr. and Dustin May have a few of the filthiest stuff in baseball. 

I can’t wait till they’re again on a major-league mound.

Rob Friedman is a pitching analyst on Twitter and YouTube, and his work has been featured on many Main League Baseball broadcasts.


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