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Dodgers: Brusdar Graterol Has the Internet Going Wild With Ridiculous Pitch Sequence

Brusdar Graterol’s slider might have taken years off of Manny Machado.



Any time you have to face a guy throwing in triple digits, things are going to get a little bit uncomfortable. That’s exactly where the Padres found themselves last night facing the Dodgers’ Brusdar Graterol. 

Graterol is averaging close to 99 mph on his heater in 2020, touching triple digits often. He came on to face the Padres with a runner on in the 8th inning. Graterol got Fernando Tatis Jr to ground into a double play, and Trent Grisham doubled to set up an at-bat for Manny Machado. That’s where the Dodgers’ reliever made headlines. 

Graterol went right after Manny Machado throwing back-to-back heaters at 99 and 100 mph. The third pitch he threw had Dodgers fans going crazy on social media. The popular Pitching Ninja on Twitter did an overlay of the three pitches to demonstrate just how ridiculous the pitch sequence was. 

Manny Machado never stood a chance in that at-bat. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talked about Graterol after the game and said it was almost unfair that hitters have to face him when he’s on. 

Graterol was acquired in the trade with the Twins that sent Kenta Maeda to Minnesota. The Red Sox had previously wanted Graterol in the Mookie Betts trade, but backed off due to medical concerns. The Dodgers landed Graterol, Betts, David Price, and Luke Raley that week as a result. 

Up Next for the Dodgers

Los Angeles will travel down to Anaheim for a series against the Angels this weekend. As of now, Clayton Kershaw is slated to get the ball for the series opener on Friday evening. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Graterol is proving to be an incredible addition to the Dodgers and the bullpen. This year the additions of Graterol, Treinen and McGee has been a huge plus for the bullpen. In a critical game situation bringing in a guy throwing serious heat and able to throw pitches with movement ends the threat and stops a team from rallying. With those three plus Kelly and Jansen who has gained velocity, movement and control the Dodgers may have the best bullpen in baseball.

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