Jesus Luzardo’s Slider and the Nastiest Pitches From 9/26
Every morning, we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious high-definition GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back to see if it made it in September’s Nastiest Pitch GIF Tournament. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList, and we’ll GIF it up and give you a shoutout here in the article.
Jesus Luzardo’s Slider
Jesus Luzardo is coming out of the bullpen after his shoulder issues earlier in the year. His stuff is playing up in the bullpen, and he may be a powerful weapon in the playoffs. With Luzardo, Sean Manaea, AJ Puk, and more, the Athletics are primed for a much improved rotation in 2020.
Jordan Yamamoto’s Curveball
Jordan Yamamoto has been up and down throughout the season, but every once in a while, he commands his fastball well enough to let his curveball shine. This curve makes future Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso look foolish as the pitch ends up in the opposite batter’s box.
Dustin May’s Cutter
Dustin May is part of the Dodgers’ plan to greatly improve their bullpen by moving back-end starters such as May and Kenta Maeda out of the rotation. May aired it out for one inning yesterday and had his sinker and cutter moving in opposite directions at a high level of velocity. This cutter is spotted well and may not be a strike but is certainly too close to take.
Luis Castillo’s Changeup
Luis Castillo and the best changeup in the majors deserve to be on this list pretty much every time Castillo pitches. The late drop is death to hitters, and Cory Spangenberg has nothing to be ashamed of.
Joe Musgrove’s Slider
Joe Musgrove and the Pirates have nothing left to play for and yet the team was able to sweep the Cubs this week and end any hope of the Cubs sneaking into the playoffs. Musgrove has created some momentum this September for 2020, or maybe he’s just faced some lackluster expanded roster lineups. His slider is beautiful either way.
Stephen Strasburg’s Changeup
Stephen Strasburg reach 200 innings this year for the second time in his career and the first time since 2014. Strasburg’s health has held him back in his career, but he has a chance this season to give Nats fans a taste of playoff success. Strasburg has only pitched in the playoffs twice before, and his stuff looks ready to miss a lot of bats in a potential Division Series.
GIF of the Night
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