Last August, the author invited the readership to celebrate what one might call the “untamed beauty” of Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera’s changeup. In the intervening months, he (i.e. the author) has turned his attention to other matters — many of them involving variations on the theme of bed rest.
Herrera’s inclusion on the Dominican Republic’s WBC roster, however, reminds us once again both that (a) he (i.e. Kelvin Herrera) exists and that (b) like a nude woman descending a staircase, so is Kelvin Herrera’s changeup likely to become the subject of an important Cubist painting.
Here are three changeups thrown by Herrera since that last post — all three to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and all thrown, in fact, consecutively on August 25th.
For strike one:
And then strike two:
And then for strike three:
Credit to Brooks Baseball for PITCHf/x data.
Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.