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The 10 Nastiest Pitches from Saturday

Kevin Gausman's sensational splitter, and more...

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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Kevin Gausman’s Splitter

 

 

San Francisco Giants ace Kevin Gausman has been exactly that over his first 6 starts – he is 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA with 40 strikeouts. This phenomenal 86 mph splitter to down Eric Hosmer was pure fire.

 

Joe Musgrove’s Curveball

 

 

Watching this game live, I let out an almighty “Wow!” seeing this nasty disappearing 83 mph curveball from Joe Musgrove completely befuddle Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. That drop is nothing short of serious.

 

 

Max Scherzer’s Changeup

 

 

Fresh off a complete game and the birth of his third child, life is good for Max Scherzer. His elite changeup was also on point today – this 86 mph effort made the hot Giancarlo Stanton look a little silly.

 

Aroldis Chapman’s Four-Seam Fastball

 

 

Puuuuuuure heat from Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman! This 101 mph heater high and inside to Ryan Zimmerman was the best “don’t mess with me” pitch of the day.

 

Carlos Martinez’s Changeup

 

 

Take a knee, sir! That was the comment bubble coming out of Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez’s mouth after this stunning 85 mph changeup up left Dom Nuñez pledging his service to the veteran starter.

 

José Ureña’s Slider

 

 

One of the more surprisingly improved starters this year has been Tigers veteran José Ureña. So, I thought I would show him some love and big up this delicious 85 mph slider to strike out Miguel Sano today. Tasty!

 

Lance Lynn’s Cutter

 

 

The remarkable element of this Lance Lynn cut-fastball is its difference from his usual cutter that has a sharp bite at the end. This 89 mph cutter has more of a slider feel to its movement and was way too good for Hunter Dozier.

 

José Alvarado’s Sinker

 

 

This pitch from fiery Phillies late-inning reliever José Alvarado was simply unhittable – a 101 mph sinker that nestles low on the inside corner. Poor Dansby Swanson…you just want to give him a cuddle and say everything is going to be ok.

 

Jeurys Familia’s Slider

 

 

The Mets bullpen has been terribly unreliable over the past month but one steady presence has been veteran Jeurys Familia. This perfectly placed 89 mph slider to Carson Kelly shows his worth. Thanks to PL+ member nvita for the spot on this nasty pitch.

 

Adrian Houser’s Sinker

 

 

Another Brewers win, another solid outing for the unheralded Adrian Houser. He set a season-high strikeout total of 10 today, with 8 coming off the two-seam fastball. This filthy 94 mph sinker easily disposed of Marlins catcher Chad Wallach.

 

What was the Nastiest Pitch on 5/8?

 

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Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for sportbc.blog, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

  • DB says:

    Poll isn’t showing up for me, but it was between Mad Max and the Cuban Missile… and if I could vote, I think Mad Max takes it, but it’s basically a coin-flip… and I’m saying this as a Yankee fan. Love me some Mad Max though. Never doubted a return to greatness from him.

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