A's Pitcher Made Jose Altuve Look Absolutely Lost on Nasty Four-Pitch Sequence

Mason Miller has great stuff.
Mason Miller gets Jose Altuve to bite on a slider away.
Mason Miller gets Jose Altuve to bite on a slider away. /

Against the hefty expectations against them, the Oakland Athletics are actually making a run of things in what will be their final season playing at the Oakland Coliseum. At 19-25, they sit third in the American League West, just 3.0 games behind the defending World Series Champion Texas Rangers and 4.5 games behind the division-leading Seattle Mariners.

A big reason for that success? Mason Miller. His elite stuff was put on full display in an incredible four-pitch at-bat with Jose Altuve at the plate in the eighth inning on Tuesday night.

It started with a called strike slider at 86.3 miles per hour in the top of the zone. Then, Miller put an 87.7-MPH slider way out of the zone that Altuve bit on and whiffed badly at. Miller went back to that same pitch, same location, but Altuve wasn't fooled twice. To close it out on the fourth pitch, Miller rushed a 101.6-MPH fastball by him low in the zone that was called for a strike.

Before he had a chance to think about it, the call was made. Strike three.

Altuve, an elite hitter, looked completely bewildered at what he just saw walking away from the plate. Here's a PitchingNinja compilation of the three strikes:

Miller throws two pitches, the fastball and slider, and both are quality, earning a 3 and 4 run value per Statcast. He boasts a 155 Stuff+ rating per FanGraphs, the best among qualified relievers in MLB.

Miller kept runs off the board on Tuesday, logging five strikeouts and no hits in his two innings pitched. The game went extras, and the Astros would win with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th.

Josh Wilson


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