Watch Koda Glover close out a Nats win with a ridiculous 96-mph slider
With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Hunter Renfroe stepped to the plate representing the tying run. Only problem: Glover hurled his absurd, Steve Nebraska-in-"The Scout"-style 96-mph slider to get the Padres outfielder to strike out and end the game.
A 96-mph fastball is already considered elite for a pitcher, so how does a hitter have any chance to make contact when the pitch is that fast, while also twisting and ducking more than a dancer at a rave?
Perhaps most terrifying for batters: Glover has just 14 1/3 innings to his name this year and already has the three fastest sliders on the books.
At 95.6 mph, Koda Glover's game-ending slider tonight was hardest slider thrown for a swinging strike this yr. Glover is 1-2-3 on that list.- Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) May 27, 2017