Opposing batsmen can’t touch Emmanuel Claes pitches

Cleveland Guardians closing pitcher Emmanuel Claes #48 celebrates as his teammates exit the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on August 15, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Guardians beat the Tigers 4-1.
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Pitching is an art.

It requires a specific set of skills to mess with hitters’ timing, make them swing and miss, or at least force them to make sub-contact, which can lead to easy outs.

When it comes to pitchers of relief, Cleveland Guardians’ Emmanuel Klass Excellence in all those qualities.

It is no coincidence that he is widely regarded as one of the top relievers in the American League, and the MLB in general.

He’s what you’d call ‘overpowering’: He throws cutters at 100 mph, and he also has a devastating slider.

When you watch him pitch, you definitely understand why he has an ERA of 1.22 this season: He throws hard, his pitches move a lot, and he has control and command.

That is the recipe for success.

Not only does he have obvious swing-and-miss skills, but his chasing skills are top-notch as well.

no one gets to chase like the hitters

A batsman chases when he swings on a pitch outside the strike zone.

In MLB, there’s no one like Klass who forces opposing hitters to chase their stuff.

Go ahead, we won’t stop you if you want to call him Emmanuel Chase from now on.

Not only does he lead the league in chase rate, but he also sees the difference between him and the second-ranked player!

It’s a delight to watch: About half the time Klass throws a pitch out of the zone, the hitter swings at it.

This is often the result of swings and misses and weak contact, either on the ground or a soft popup.

His slider has wicked speed and his cutter is too hard to square, making him a nightmare matchup for opposing hitters.

Claes is one of the reasons the Guardians lead their division and are currently chasing a playoff spot.

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