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.
Brusdar Graterol, 100mph Two Seamer and 91mph Slider, Overlay.
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 13, 2020
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.
Doc said it's unfair for opposing hitters to have to face Brusdar.
"I like the way Brusdar is really starting to mature"
We love a growing boy.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) August 13, 2020
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.