No beginning pitcher of baseball can throw a sinker as fast as Luis Castillo’s. The ball is launched from an end of the plate,
and comes back to the other, bouncing around an inch and half horizontally it’s an optical illusion of the pitch when executed correctly and the 73rd pitch in the American League Division Series start Thursday, without doubt, was
The only issue was that Yordan Alvarez who is a dazzling Houston Astros slugger, stood at the plate waiting to demonstrate the pitch’s inability.
The ball left the hand of Castillo at 98 mph, swung up four inches off the outside of the corner, and hit 371 feet from the ground -yet another day playing in a playoff, another go-ahead,
deficit-erasing home run by Alvarez and another win for the Astros and this time 4-2 against Seattle’s Seattle Mariners to give Houston an 2-0 lead in the top-of-five ALDS
In the past Alvarez’s credentials need no re-sharpening: at 25 He is one of the best, if not the best left-handed hitters around the globe. The way he’s played in the first two games in the series is a first in the annals in the history of baseball postseason.
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