GIF: Aroldis Chapman and the perfect slider

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On an inning-by-inning basis, Aroldis Chapman might be the most dominant pitcher in the world. The Reds' closer has struck out 28 batters in 18 innings this year and 240 in 153 innings in his career. On Wednesday night, he broke out this slider to strike out Miami's Derek Dietrich to end the game:

ENHANCE:

Catcher Devin Mesoraco's glove says it all. The pitch looks like a 90-something mile-an-hour fastball headed right for Dietrich's elbow before banging a right about 15 feet in front of the plate. It crosses middle-middle.

I'm sure I've seen a more unhittable pitch at some point over the years, but I can't think of any. That's just filthy.

(Wink of the CBS eye to @CrashburnAlley for the GIFs)

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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