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Nick Pivetta’s Curveball + The Nastiest Pitches from Thursday’s Games

Andy Patton examines six of the nastiest pitches from Thursday's games, including offerings from Miles Mikolas, Andrew Heaney and Max Scherzer.

Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

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Nick Pivetta’s Curveball – Pivetta’s curveball was its usual devastating self on Thursday, here picking up a huge whiff from veteran Martin Prado. Prado was one of Pivetta’s seven strikeout victims in another solid start for the young right-hander.

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Miles Mikolas‘ Slider – 90 mile per hour pitches should not have this kind of movement. While it’s not too hard to get Trevor Story swinging out of his shoes, this offering from Mikolas was particularly brutal. Good riddance.

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Mike Foltynewicz’s Fastball – Here’s a tasty 98 mile per hour gas can from Folty that runs a ridiculous amount down and in to Jose Bautista. This pitch is borderline untouchable, and was the nastiest of Folty’s five strikeouts on the day.

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Max Scherzer’s Curveball – The one they call Scooter was forced to take a knee and marvel at this wicked curveball from Scherzer, that dropped right off the face of the earth for strike three.

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Blake Parker’s Splitter – Parker is a rare closer without exceptional velocity. He gets by with nasty movement, like this split-finger that falls off a cliff and away from the bat of rookie Jake Bauers.

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Andrew Heaney’s Curveball – Heaney fanned five Rays on Thursday, although an unfortunate fourth inning did him in. His loopy curveball was money all night, here getting a big whiff from former teammate CJ Cron.

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Andy Patton

Andy is the Dynasty Content Manager here at PitcherList. He manages all of the prospect content on the site, while also contributing a weekly article on dynasty deep sleepers, and the weekly hitter and pitcher stash lists. Andy also co-hosts the Never Sunny in Seattle podcast on the PitcherList Podcast Network, and separately hosts the Score Zags Score Podcast.

  • J says:

    No Kershaw?!

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