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Most Valuable Fastball Belongs To Clayton Kershaw I Believe Charlie Morton’s Velocity

Michael Waterloo Staff Writer May 15, 2017 4:59PM EDT
Remember Johan Santana’s changeup? My word, that was a thing of beauty. When discussing the best pitches in baseball, Santana’s change was always up there in discussion. Last year, Jeremy Hellickson – no, really – had one of the best pitches in baseball with his changeup, which was one of the bigger surprises in baseball. So, which pitchers are throwing the most valuable pitches this season? Let’s visit FanGraphs to take a look.
Clayton Kershaw still has the top pitcher tier to himself in 2017. (Photo by Samuel Stringer/Icon Sportswire)

Clayton Kershaw still has the top pitcher tier to himself in 2017. Photo by Samuel Stringer/Icon Sportswire

Clayton Kershaw, fastball – Does something seem off with Kershaw this year? Well, a little bit. His ERA, FIP and xFIP are all up from a year ago, but one thing is as dominant as ever – his fastball. Per FanGraphs, his fastball grades out at a 10.2, with chris sale behind him at 6.4. On the year, the opposition is hitting .179 against his fastball, which breaks down to them going 15-84 with two homers, one triple, four doubles and eight singles.

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