When you combine fun commentary and GIFs of "filthy" pitches that make you go weak in the knees, you get Rob Friedman -- or as many of you know him as, @PitchingNinja.
We've already gone over Friedman's favorite Giants pitchers, but we wanted to take a look at the A's this time around. And with Friedman being a huge fan of Blake Treinen, he was more than happy to talk the green and gold.
Rob Freidman: "OK, this comes as no surprise. I've been on Blake Treinen since I dubbed him as 'The Witch' a few years back due to his wicked, other-worldly stuff ... and then undubbed him when I found out he hated that name -- oops."
RF: "A witch or not, and I 96.9 percent believe him that he's not really a witch -- his stuff is among the filthiest in Major League Baseball. In fact, it might actually be the filthiest. Don't believe me? Here are some examples.
"A 96 mph sinker that looks like a changeup:"
Blake Treinen, 96 mph Sinker.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) December 24, 2018
That looks like an 82 mph Changeup. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/tSGES0uTDH
RF: "A 97 mph sinker that was actually called a changeup by the broadcast team:"
"Change. With some sink to it. Took a little something off his fastball." [audio]
This was a 97mph sinker from Treinen. pic.twitter.com/9pnb7VhQHZ— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) December 24, 2018
RF: "A disappearing 98 mph turbo sinker:"
Blake Treinen with your Standard 98mph Back Foot turbo Sinker. 😳 pic.twitter.com/3cAYX5EGyb— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 4, 2018
RF: "And Blake won my 'Filthiest sinker poll' with 51 perfect of the vote over the entire league:"
Blake Treinen wins the poll for the filthiest Sinker (with 51% of the vote). pic.twitter.com/ci5l9hFA17— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) December 23, 2018
RF: "And he can tunnel his slider and sinker at 100and 90 mph"
Blake Treinen, painted 100mph Sinker and 90mph Slider, Overlay.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 24, 2018
RF: "This caused me to wonder out loud not why he was doing so well, but how anyone ever got a run off of him at all."
RF: "Like Treinen, Trivino has ridiculous stuff. Like an upper 90's/100 mph fastball and a sharp mid-90's cutter that he can tunnel. WHEW!"
Lou Trivino, 98mph Sinker and 91mph Cutter, Overlay.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 4, 2018
RF: "And even though he possesses a 100 mph fastball, he can dismantle you with just his cutter and curve."
Lou Trivino, Wicked 92mph Cutter, 95mph Cutter and 83mph Curveball. 😨 pic.twitter.com/jizoQP2gIL— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 4, 2018
... causing his fellow American League pitcher Marcus Stroman to just say 'Yep.'"
Yep.— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) October 4, 2018
RF: "Here's another filthy cutter from Trivino that briefly caused me to lapse into Spanish -- and I don't speak Spanish."
Lou Trivino, Disgusting 92mph Cutter. 🤮— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 10, 2018
El oso blanco está girando. pic.twitter.com/XxRWclouTV
... and, Trivino's absurd stuff also briefly turned me into Dog Rates. Well, I do like dogs."
the human lou trivino threw a ball really fast and slightly crooked to the man with the stick. man threw his stick when he tried to whack the ball.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 8, 2018
my fren sebastian laughed.
quietly i wanted to fetch the stick and give it back to the man.#thoughtsofadogwatchingbaseball pic.twitter.com/uLeBIlfdRv
RF: "Fernando Rodney has always been fun to watch because he throws gas and has a Bugs Bunny changeup -- it's legendarily good."
Fernando Rodney, Filthy 82mph Changeup. 😨 pic.twitter.com/26diRHfHjY— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 12, 2018
Fernando Rodney, Filthy 85mph Changeup (release/slow). 😷 pic.twitter.com/pw4C5WuBJY— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 3, 2018
RF: "He also tunnels his changeup very well with his fastball. Well, most of the time."
2018 PitchingNinja Award for Worst Tunneling by a Pitcher. 🏆— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) December 27, 2018
Fernando Rodney. pic.twitter.com/fCgmW2OcAE
RF: "I love watching Daniel Mengden pitch because he has nasty stuff."
Daniel Mengden, Nasty 84mph Slider. 👨🏻😷 pic.twitter.com/U4qGlwcDRJ— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 27, 2018
RF: "Plus, he has identical pitching mechanics to a praying mantis:
Daniel Mengden, Pitching Mechanics. After this pitch, a Female Praying Mantis ate his head off. pic.twitter.com/Nq5w030AbH— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 20, 2017
... and, his handlebar mustache and mechanics make him look like a 1930's baseball star (complete with the music and everything)":
Though gifs of Mengden are better done as 1930s film reel versions (audio). pic.twitter.com/Wz5ppJgq3U— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 1, 2018
All-time Pitcher: Rollie Fingers
RF: ... because he had a nasty slider:
Rollie Fingers, Slider movement (HP view) pic.twitter.com/Z5WBd8xZtd— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) December 27, 2016
... and he FAKED an intentional walk to strike out Johnny Bench in the World Series -- which will never happen again in the Major Leagues (due to the auto-intentional walk rule):
There is plenty to look forward to when it comes to the A's pitching staff in the upcoming season, and this was just a taste. The A's brought back starting pitcher Mike Fiers and the bullpen -- well, you saw the Treinen GIFs ...
Thanks again to Rob Friedman for his time and contributions to this article.