Every morning, the We Love Baseball crew reviews the Nastiest Pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious high-definition GIFs. We want to bring you the highest caliber of nastiness possible, so if you see a nasty pitch, please tell us about it. You can tweet @PitcherList to let us know and we’ll give you a shout-out here in the article if your tip makes the cut.
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Frankie Montas’ Splitter
Maybe because he plays for the Athletics, Frankie Montas hasn’t had the credit he deserves this season. When the A’s really needed a win, he came through again today going seven fantastic innings. His mean swing-and-miss pitch was humming – this 84 mph splitter was far too good for Giancarlo Stanton.
Adam Wainwright’s Curveball
Like a fine wine, Cardinals veteran Adam Wainwright has just pitched better as the season has gone on. This delightful 74 mph curveball to strike out Colin Moran has become his trademark whiff pitch.
Sandy Alcantara’s Four-Seam Fastball
Ace’s gonna ace! And that is exactly what Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara did yesterday. He allowed just one run across seven strong innings, striking out 12. One of those was Tucker Barnhart, who had no answer for the phenomenal 100 mph heater with movement away from the lefty.
Nathan Eovaldi’s Splitter
As the Red Sox push for the postseason starts to gather momentum once again, their ace Nathan Eovaldi delivered a virtuoso performance against a strong Cleveland lineup. There aren’t many better than Jose Ramirez, but Eovaldi made him look foolish with this sensational 88 mph splitter.
Logan Webb’s Slider
Logan Webb is a bad, bad man! One of many pleasant surprises for the World Series-chasing Giants, Webb delivered this ripping 84 mph slider to bamboozle Ozzie Albies on his way to a shutout win.
Marcus Stroman’s Splitter
Another week, another wonderful split-finger offering from Mets starter Marcus Stroman. This 87 mph splitter was far too good for Riley Adams. Inject this into my veins!
Alek Manoah’s Sinker
The maturity of Alek Manoah continues to advance at an alarming pace as the rookie develops into a frontline starter before our eyes. Here’s a perfectly placed 94 mph sinker with movement to touch the inside of the strike zone and fell Jeimer Candelario. Pure nasty!
Daniel Lynch’s Slider
Young left-hander Daniel Lynch is looking like the best of the young prospects that the Royals have in their pitching staff. He is starting to mix his arsenal nicely and work better sequences against hitters. This beautiful 87 mph slider to Mitch Haniger is completely unhittable.
Framber Valdez’s Curveball
Oh, I know I have an unhealthy obsession with Framber Valdez and his multifaceted curveball. I featured the backdoor curve last time but this time it is the traditional low-in-the-zone curve that sinks inside to righties. Nick Solak is the victim of this 80 mph curveball.
Adrian Houser’s Sinker
One of my favorite unheralded starters, Milwaukee’s Adrian Houser served up a lesson in nasty two-seamers yesterday. This 95 mph sinker darting inside to Ryan Jeffers is my choice for the nastiest pitch of the day.
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