Matt Brash strikes out José Ramírez.

Cleveland Guardians third baseman José Ramírez is one of the best players in baseball. He’s a four-time All-Star, a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a perennial MVP candidate in the American League.

But in an Opening Day at-bat against Seattle Mariners reliever Matt Brash, he did not look the part.

With the count full, Brash unleased a backfoot knuckle curve. Ramírez swung and missed, striking out. But he didn’t just strike out.

The pitch had Ramírez so far off-balance that he got turned around, then fell backwards onto home plate.

Brash’s filthy pitch had baseball fans buzzing on Thursday night.

Brash is still relatively unknown in the baseball world. He broke into MLB with the Mariners in 2022 and had mixed results. In 39 outings, he had a 4.44 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. Those numbers, particularly the high WHIP, were hurt by Brash’s control struggles. He walked 33 hitters in 50.2 innings.

But in those 50.2 innings, he also struck out 62 batters. And looking at pitches like this, it’s not hard to see why. Control is an issue for Brash — like it is for a lot of young pitchers. If he can find a way to harness that control, though, pitches like this show how much of a weapon he can be out of the Seattle bullpen.

And if Matt Brash can make José Ramírez look like this, chances are we’ll see more of this as the season progresses.

[Photo Credit: ROOT SPORTS Northwest]

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