The 10 Nastiest Pitches From Sunday

The Nastiest Pitches from Sunday’s games

Every morning, the We Love Baseball crew reviews the Nastiest Pitches from the previous day’s games. If you see something you think should be included here be sure to tweet @PitcherList to let us know. Or, if you’re a PL+ Member and part of our Discord, shout it out in the Nastiest Pitches channel. If your suggestion is included the next day, you’ll be entered into a weekly drawing for a free t-shirt. If you’re not already a PL+ member, you’re missing out!

 

Corey Kluber’s Curveball

 

Kluber has the ability to adjust his curveball to give it more drop or horizontal movement. This one is the latter type and is a pleasure to watch. Peña has had a good rookie year, but this is a tough one.

 

Luis Garcia’s Slider

 

Garcia only throws his slider 8% of the time and it’s pretty average. It is about 5 MPH slower than the average slider, but he gets exceptional late movement on this one. Every MLB pitcher is capable of spinning an especially good one now and then.

 

Pablo López’s Changeup

 

López’s changeup has resulted in an impressive 42.0% O-Swing%, 18.3% Swinging Strike%, and 57.5% Groundball rate. It seems like he has been around a while, but he is still just 26. We’ll see next year if he continues to be a part of an impressive and young Marlin rotation.

 

Freddy Peralta’s Curveball

 

Peralta has been injured for much of 2022 so he hasn’t thrown a ton of curveballs, but it does have an excellent 18.3% Swinging Strike%, .128 AVG, and .195 wOBA. These are right in line with what his xStats are for the pitch.

 

Hoby Milner’s Curveball

 

The sunlight makes the beginning of this pitch difficult to see, but with that movement and funky delivery Milner seems like an old-fashioned Lefty-specialist. Even a professional hitter like Wendle doesn’t stand a chance here.

 

Max Castillo’s Changeup

 

Ordinarily, nothing stands out about Castillo’s change, but this one to the magnificent José Ramírez seems to dive way out of the zone, making him look foolish. That alone should tell you this was a nasty pitch.

 

Shane Bieber’s Knuckle-Curve

 

Bieber got multiple whiffs by throwing to this location with different pitches. In 2022 he is back to being one of the best starting pitchers in MLB, and his knuckle-curve is a big reason why. It has generated an excellent 43.1 O-Swing%, 22.4% Swinging Strike%, and .214 wOBA.

 

James Karinchak’s Curveball

 

It is fun to watch Karinchak drop this very overhand curveball at the top of the zone, something that seems to be done with more frequency recently. His vertical release point is 0.8 feet higher than average.

 

Blake Snell’s Slider

 

Snell has used his slider more in recent games, for good reason. It has a 41.2% O-Swing%, 25.7% Swinging Strike%, and .207 wOBA. He really pounds it down and glove side. Some believe Snell’s inconsistencies in recent years can be attributed to pitch usage.

 

Tyler Anderson’s Changeup

 

Anderson ended up with 21 whiffs on the afternoon. He has been a revelation for the Dodgers, who didn’t really need the help this year. He has a lot of red bars on his Pitcher List player page, many of which are the most important ones like IP, ERA, and WHIP. He’s done all this with near bottom-of-the-league fastball velo.

 

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Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)

 

Andrew Krutz

Andrew writes for Pitcher List and is a lifelong New York Yankees fan. During the warmer months he can be found playing vintage baseball in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York.

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