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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Corey Kluber’s Curveball
Nathan Eovaldi’s Splitter
Julio Rodríguez came into yesterday’s game hot with multi-hit games in four of his last seven. But, Nathan Eovaldi’s splitter stopped him in his tracks as he whiffed on the pitch three times in his first at-bat.
Jhoan Duran’s Fastball
Patrick Sandoval’s Slider
Sandy Alcantara’s Fastball
Zach Eflin’s Curveball
How about Zach Eflin’s curveball? The pitch returned 12 whiffs yesterday en route to a dominant, seven-inning performance against the Dodgers. Eflin and Mookie Betts battled all afternoon. After whiffing in his first at-bat, the 2018 AL MVP tagged Eflin for a solo shot. But the Philly right-hander took vengeance in their next meeting and vanquished him with this nasty hook. He ended his day with a career-high 12 punchouts. Not bad, not bad at all.
Shane Bieber’s Slider
Sure, his fastball velocity is down. But, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who commands their offspeed pitches like Cleveland’s ace.
Michael Kopech’s Fastball
This is the Michael Kopech we all had in mind in fantasy drafts this past offseason. He had a little something extra for yesterday’s nightcap and averaged over 97 MPH on his heater as he blanked the Yankees through seven innings, easily his best performance of the year.
Luis Severino’s Slider
On the other side of the Sunday night game, Luis Severino was equally brilliant and traded zeroes with Kopech, before the Yankee pen capitulated in the eighth. Severino’s slider was a thing of beauty last night, this one getting Luis Robert in his first at-bat.
Sandy Alcantara’s Changeup
Sandy take us away because you’re awesome and so is this thing that you call a changeup.
Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)