Pitchers are obsessed with speed. Most of them would cut off their other arm if it meant adding 5 MPH on their fastball. However, Carlos Villanueva proved last night that there’s more than one way to skin that cat — or avoid that bat, if you will. The pitcher for the Chicago Cubs unleashed a 57 MPH slow ball and the result was hysterical. Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals looked like he had no idea what to do. He just stood there in shock as the umpire correctly called the pitch a strike.
Score one for the tortoise!
My favorite part of the video is Werth immediately looking up to the scoreboard in order to see the speed of the pitch. He simply couldn’t believe what he had just witnessed.
As for Villanueva, he retired the side with ease. Outside of this pitch, all the rest of his pitches for the inning were at least 75 MPH. Well played, Carlos, well played.