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Ranking the Best Strikeout Pitches in Baseball

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIJanuary 11, 2017

Ranking the Best Strikeout Pitches in Baseball

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    With the downfall of the PED era, Major League Baseball has become more of a pitcher's league.

    From starters to relievers, there are multiple pitchers who can make hitters look like fools.

    However, each hurler has his own special way of doing so—a go-to pitch that generates far more whiffs than wallops.

    Using insight from Bleacher Report MLB featured columnists Joel Reuter, Adam Wells and Joe Giglio, here's a look at the best strikeout pitches in baseball.

    Note: This list specifically deals with individual pitches from a particular pitcher.

10. James Shields' Changeup

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    9. A.J. Burnett's Knuckle Curve

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      8. Matt Harvey's Fastball

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        7. Kenley Jansen's Cutter

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          6. Jeff Samardzija's Splitter

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            Jeff Samardzija has gone from gridiron star at Notre Dame to ace of the pitching staff for the Chicago Cubs.

          5. Craig Kimbrel's Fastball and Slider

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            4. Cole Hamels' Changeup

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              3. Clayton Kershaw's Curveball

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                2. Aroldis Chapman's Fastball

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                  1. Mariano Rivera's Cutter

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