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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Corbin Burnes‘ Changeup
It was another absolutely dominant performance for Corbin Burnes in Milwaukee tonight. It all started with this nasty changeup on the third pitch of the game to Ian Happ, and Burnes ended up striking out nine more batters over the course of the next 5 2/3 innings.
Per the Brewers broadcast, Corbin Burnes is the first pitcher with 30+ K with zero walks in his first three starts of the season since 1906
— Frank Stampfl (@Roto_Frank) April 14, 2021
#Brewers Corbin Burnes through three starts: 18.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 30 K. NO WALKS AND 30 STRIKEOUTS. IS THAT GOOD?
— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 14, 2021
Yeah, Tom. That’s good.
Caleb Thielbar‘s Curveball
Meat Raffle. Wait, what? Yeah, you heard me. Meat Raffle. That’s this guy’s nickname. No, I’m not joking. What does it mean? No clue. But I’m in. This may be the best nickname I’ve ever heard. Why isn’t everyone talking about this? Well, get talking folks! Shoutout to @Jesse_Gilmore on Twitter for tipping us off to the pitch, and shoutout to the Meat Raffle stans out there. You’re the real MVPs.
Joe Ross‘ Sinker
I love a good inside sinker, especially one that makes the batter flinch. Matt Carpenter certainly fell for this pitch from Joe Ross and he couldn’t believe his eyes when it darted back over the corner for the backwards K. Shoutout to Charlie Fanelli on Instagram for the tip!
Lance McCullers‘ Knuckle-Curve
The knuckle-curve earned a 47% (!) CSW on the day for Lance McCullers, however, that was really the only thing working for him on the night, as he gave up six earned runs in this one. Don’t be discouraged; the Tigers might actually be sneaky good this year, so this may not look as bad as it does on the surface. But McCullers is still dope and a ton of fun to watch.
Tyler Mahle‘s Four-Seam Fastball
Talk about paint! Tyler Mahle struck out seven over his five innings of work on Wednesday, including this gorgeous fastball to get Alex Dickerson looking. He had the pitch working today to the tune of a 42% CSW, which is so dope. I personally don’t roster Mahle on any of my fantasy teams, but after watching this outing today, I sure do have some Mahle FOMO.
Carlos Rodón’s Slider
The man who was merely a foot away from a perfect game was the story of the night, so you had to expect to see at least one Carlos Rodón pitch featured here. This slider was definitely worthy, as it made Amed Rosario take a very defensive swing that ultimately turned into a whiff.
Garrett Whitlock‘s Changeup
Is Garrett Whitlock the filthiest reliever in the Red Sox’ bullpen? It may be too early to tell for sure, but this is the second time I’ve featured him here and everything I’ve seen has been filthy. The Sox have won nine straight games and they may actually be a playoff contender, folks.
Blake Treinen‘s Slider
Blake Treinen is best known for his sinker, which is one of my favorite pitches in baseball, but this slider made me spit out my drink in real time. There is no way any human being can hit this pitch, not even Trevor Story. Good lord.
Dustin May‘s Sinker
The people love a good Dustin May sinker, so this one’s for the people. Dom Nuñez didn’t stand a chance as this pitch whizzed by the end of his bat on the outside part of the plate.
Joe Musgrove‘s Slider
Well, Joe Musgrove allowed a hit on Wednesday night. A few of them, in fact, and he ended up taking the loss. All is well, however, as he still made a few filthy pitches on the night, including this one to opposing starter Tyler Anderson. Pitcher-on-pitcher crime!
Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)