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Chris Young changed speeds so effectively, Joc Pederson nearly lost his shoes

It's an old baseball adage that it's not the sheer velocity that dominates batters, it's how effectively a pitcher changes speeds and locations. Chris Young proved that on Tuesday night. Though blessed with a Randy Johnson-esque frame, Young's average fastball hasn't topped 90 mph since 2004 -- and last year it was just 86.6 mph. 

But again, it's not about the speed, it's how the ball is commanded. After falling behind 2-0 to Joc Pederson, Young then placed an 87-mph fastball high and on the outside corner. For his next pitch, he came with an 81-mph slider, catching the far opposite corner -- down and in.

But to Pederson, it was enough to have him swinging at something else entirely. 

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Through perfectly commanded pitches and pitch sequencing, Young managed to make Pederson look almost like a cartoon character:  

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Young would go on to finish off Pederson with another slider, but it was simply one part of an excellent day's work. Young pitched 4 1/3 no-hit innings against the Dodgers, striking out five. As Ned Yost told MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan after the game: 

"Did you get a chance to see him pitch tonight? He was awesome. Really good."

 

Not bad for a pitcher with an 87-mph fastball.