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Dodgers: Doc Roberts Reacts to Dustin May’s Filthy Fastball to Manny Machado



It’s hard to become a legend in Los Angeles as a 22-year-old, but Dustin May came through with the next best thing on Tuesday night. He went viral.

Code Red became the talk of the internet as he was trending for striking out Padres’ $300 million man Manny Machado with absolute filth.

The 99 mile-per-hour 2-seam fast had an estimated* five feet of run on it. *Estimates may not be accurate. Moreover, the pitch absolutely caught the eye of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

I couldn’t imagine a better pitch on the filth meter. It started middle-in and I think it ended up six to eight inches inside. That just speaks to the depth and the run on the pitch.

A pitch with that kind of movement is hard enough to find, but when you mix in the elite velocity you may be looking at an upper echelon of pitchers. Roberts continued on that velocity and at-bat.

You’re talking about 99 miles-per-hour that made a really, really good hitter look pretty bad.

Again, that hitter was former Dodger Manny Machado, so we enjoy the slight shot taken. After the outing, Dustin May was asked about his 2-seam fastball and the pitch that got both players trending on Twitter.

May tossed 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on only 3 hits while striking out a career-high 8 batters. With his third start in the books, the righty picked up his first win of the season. His season ERA sits at 2.63 leaving Dave Roberts to admit that there are some difficult decisions ahead as starter Alex Wood recovers from a shoulder issue.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. I said it,we would have 4 aces Kershaw,Buhler,Urias and May and Gonsolin would make a great 5th and it starting prove me right.GO DODGERS AND HOPE STUPID ROBERTS FORGETS ABOUT WOOD WHO SUCKS.

  2. May pitched very well last night IMO……..the biggest difference for me compared to his last outing? He threw strikes with 71 percent of his pitches. I think having success @ doing that makes all the difference for him. And “Dave” was going to leave him @ USC until Kershaw pulled up lame. Go figure.

  3. Nasty!!! Love the fact that his ball has movement. Wish buehler could get a little more movement on his fastball

    • I’m actually kind of glad that Price pulled out of this season. May and Gonsolin both proved themselves last year. They deserve starts this year. These guys aren’t raw rookies. They are proven producers who make the Dodgers a better team. Both have looked sharp early on, and will get even better if given the chance they deserve.

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