Remember when we called Dustin May a forgotten (and likely) bounce back candidate before the 2023 Dodgers season opened? Yeah. So far, so good.
May returned from Tommy John surgery late in 2022, as he promised he would, but the results were predictably uneven. Rarely are pitchers "themselves" in their first appearances back from reconstructive elbow surgery. Typically, the "stuff" comes back (and occasionally ticks up), but the command is hard to find. It was tough to pencil May in as a postseason difference-maker last fall, and his six short starts were as up-and-down as most anticipated.
21 hits in 30 innings? Good! 14 walks and a 4.50 ERA/4.38 FIP? Meh.
Luckily, after just two starts in 2023, it's safe to say ... the command ... has returned. The command matches the stuff, and both were jaw-on-the-floor impressive in May's second start of the year in Arizona on Thursday.
The highlight of the Dodgers' 5-2 win just might've been this physically impossible sinker -- which, oh by the way, also hit 100 MPH as it scooted sideways.
Twitter freaked out at Dodgers RHP Dustin May's impossible pitch vs Diamondbacks
The run ... on that pitch ... was a foot and a half. Slightly longer, actually!
Can we interest you in some more May? Perhaps the most dotted 100 MPH fastball you'll ever see? Is that something you might be into?
For the true baseball nerd in all of us, that pitch was almost more impressive. May looks like he could toss a black bean through a dime.
Needless to say, the quote tweets on May's Pitching Ninja videos ran wild like the Mississippi River at its gurgling peak, overflowing its banks.
Truly, this was an alien pitch.
Scroll through Twitter. You won't be disappointed. There are hundreds of these.
May appears to be lined up against ... the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park next week for his third start. We're excited to welcome our new Flying Saucer-sporting fastball overlord.