MLB’s best pitches (and the best hitters against them)

May 17, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease (84) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
May 17, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease (84) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 8, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (31) throws against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 8, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (31) throws against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Changeup: Tyler Anderson & Andres Gimenez

With a Run Value of -15, Tyler Anderson edges out a couple other dominant changeups from pitchers you more than likely expected to show up here (Sandy Alcantara and Shane McClanahan). I guess that’s the true changeup here, am I right? (Don’t boo too loudly)

It’s his second most used pitch at 32.7% but it gets the best results of his arsenal, only allowing a .160 batting average and a .190 wOBA. It’s the pitch he gets the most strikeouts on and is his calling card in a surprising 2022 campaign for the Dodgers.

On the flipside, Andres Gimenez makes pitchers pay when they throw their changeup. The Guardians’ lefty punishes it for a .502 wOBA, amounting to a Run Value of 12. That’s a batting average of .379 with a slugging percentage of .741 this season. In what’s easily Gimenez’s best offensive year of his career, his performance against the changeup is driving it.

Anderson and Gimenez have not faced off against each other this season.