So, all that said, I still skipped out of work for two hours on Tuesday to head home and watch the game. The rest of this post is heavy with animated gifs, so I'm gonna hide them from the main post. (Seriously, the loading of the rest of the post may be as slow and deliberate as Ron Villone. You have been warned!) If you wanna see all four of Strasburg's pitches, in really really crappy animated gifs (and many times over), click the read more link. Do not click if you're on dial up. Seriously. It won't load until, like, 2025. It's just like choosing to take the red pill or the blue pill. Only nothing like that at all, really.
(I got the speeds of the pitches from various places, but it goes without saying that I took the majority from Ben Goessling, Adam Kilgore, Mark Zuckerman, and Bill Ladson. These guys should be regular reads for everyone, of course. It also goes without saying that I'm probably violating MLB's dissemination rule about a bazillion times here. This is my big middle finger to Bud Selig for all those horrible... horrible suits he wears.)
First up is what SS threw entirely in the first inning, his two seam fastball. This pitch sat at 95-97 mph.
He didn't throw anything else besides that, mostly because he didn't need to.
He came out in the second inning and was facing Miguel Cabrera. He threw two two-seam fastballs, then followed those up with the first slurves of the game. They were coming in around 81 mph.The first one just buckled Miggy's legs like the bartender had just made last call. (C'mon, you know I can't be serious for more than... like... two paragraphs, people.)
Here is that pitch again, only in slow motion (cause I just fucking love chewing up bandwith).
That truly was a thing of beauty. He threw one more slurve that was inside a tad to make it 2-2. I channeled my inner Major League and said, "Forget about the curve ball, Strassy, Give 'em the heater!" So, what does he do? He throws his four seam fastball at 98, and Miggy just waves at it.
Once more, in slo-mo, so we call all laugh at Cabrera's inadequacies.
He reminded me of Jordan Zimmermann a bit there (who I miss dearly, by the way. I certainly do have a huge man crush on that mid-western bastard).
Stras then broke out his change up (if you can call it that, as it sits around 91 mph). Here is the first he threw in the game to [insert the guy's name here], both fouled off. The change up drops like most folks. I'm gonna throw it up, first in real time, then slowed down.
So there you have it. His four pitches, in crappy ass small animated gifs that slowed your computer down to the point you were cursing my unborn child. In case that didn't piss you off enough, I've got one more. He fell behind 3-0 to [insert dude's name here] with two on and two out. He battled back with two two-seamers to bring the count full, then just froze dude with a slurve to end the inning.
And here's MASN's slow mo of that called third strike from a slightly different angle. Props to the fan in the second row helping blue out.
Alright. I'm done breaking your internet. Discuss amongst yourselves how much MLB will sue me for in the comments.