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If you’re not familiar with Tampa Bays reliever Jose Alvarado, you might want to make note of his name.

This 23-year-old left-hander has some nasty stuff that will be leave opposing batters shaking their heads all year long.

In the Rays’ 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Alvarado came on in the eighth inning and struck out the side.

He got Garrett Hampson, Mark Reynolds and Charlie Blackmon swinging and made them all look pretty bad.

The hard-throwing lefty has some tailing action on his ball that just looks unnatural. Alvarado got the left-hander Blackmon on a 99 mph pitch that tailed down and inside across the plate.

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He also has a slider that does the same thing to right-handed batters, as his strikeout of Reynolds showed.

In four appearances this year, Alvarado has pitched four innings and has given up just two hits. He has eight strikeouts, two saves and an ERA of 0.00.

The Rays’ bullpen has been lights out this year. Alvarado, Jalen Beeks, Diego Castillo, Wilmer Font, Adam Kolarek and Ryne Stanek all have yet to give up a run this year in multiple appearances.

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Tampa Bay has a team ERA of 1.52 and a WHIP of 0.85, both of which are first in MLB.

But the Rockies did manage to get to reliever Chaz Roe in the 11th inning.

Chris Iannetta hit a solo home run in the top of the 11th to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead. They held on to win 1-0.

That was the first run Roe has given up this year.

The Rays fell to to 5-2, while the Rockies improved to 3-4.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
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