The slider is not an easy pitch to perfect, but those who master the secondary pitch are among the best in the game today. Here are seven sliders from top MLB arms you don't want to face.
7. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
Many believed Archer's slider was the best in baseball as recently as last year. It's still good, but he hasn't been nearly as dominant so far in 2016. His 4.61 ERA shows that something is off for one of the most talented pitchers in the game. Even so, most hitters would rather not see his slider on any given day.
6. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
The development of Cole's slider has brought him to a new level of Major League success. He has a 2.77 ERA so far this year after posting a 2.60 mark last season. The slider has become his favorite secondary pitch and gives him a full arsenal of pitches to throw.
5. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
With his unorthodox delivery, Sale is able to wind his slider like few others. It's a major put-away pitch and a big reason for his high strikeout numbers. Sitting at 11-2 with a 2.94 ERA, Sale is one of the nastiest pitchers in the game.
4. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
When he's feeling good on a particular night, Scherzer's slider becomes his best pitch. It's one that often makes hitters look foolish, and a big reason that he has 118 K's in 95-1/3 innings pitched. It would be higher on this list if he was a touch more consistent with it.
3. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
A big reason why Kershaw is the best pitcher in the game is that he can throw multiple pitches to any part of the plate at any time. The slider is just one of them, and it's his second most utilized pitch. His 1.58 ERA this season is unreal, but his dominance hasn't been surprising for years now.
2. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
Going into the 2016 season, Fernandez's slider may have been the best (see below). Fernandez is one of the best strikeout artists in the game with an arsenal of wicked pitches. He owns a 2.57 ERA and 118 strikeouts in just 80 innings of work.
1. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
Thor already possesses a 100 mph fastball and a hammer curveball, but that wasn't enough for the flamethrower. So he developed a slider that has immediately become virtually unhittable. What makes it so tough? He throws it at 95 mph.