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Sandy Alcantara’s Sinker
Sandy Alcantara dominated the Mets yesterday, and his 14 strikeout performance earns him the top spot on today’s Nastiest Pitches. Here he notches strikeout number 12 on a 100 mph sinker that gets blown by James McCann for strike three.
Rich Hill’s Slider
This next one comes from Rich Hill, who had a ton of breaking balls that all could’ve been put up here today. But I’m going with this one to Jazz Chisholm which is just insane. Check out the release point on the slo-mo. It’s practically behind Chisholm, and Hill still manages to clip the zone and get Chisholm swinging out of his helmet.
Nathan Eovaldi’s Curveball
Sticking with filthy breaking balls, check out this wild curveball from Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi pitched well last night in a wild Sox-Rays matchup (7 IP, 0 ER, 8 Ks), managing to get Joey Wendle swinging here on this back-foot beauty for strike three.
Touki Toussaint’s Sinker
Touki Toussaint made Lane Thomas look absolutely silly on this pitch. Toussaint ripped a sinker that dashes inside towards Thomas’ hands and ties up the Nats’ leadoff man on a filthy 3-2 strikeout.
Luis Gil’s Slider
Luis Gil might have some command issues as he allowed seven (not a typo) walks through 3.1 innings yesterday. On the bright side, Gil struck out six hitters and only allowed one earned run to score. Here he delivers on his finest pitch of the night, a beautiful slider that slips out of the zone for a swinging strike three.
Shane McClanahan’s Curveball
Shane McClanahan pitched well for the Rays last night, striking out three hitters over five scoreless innings. McClanahan is known to rip high-90s heat and then mix in a lethal curve, which he does here against Jonathan Arauz, who reaches at this nasty hook for strike three.
Vladimir Gutierrez’s Slider
Vladimir Gutierrez was solid on the mound for the Reds last night, as he tossed six strikeouts across five frames. Gutierrez has a filthy slider and here, he shows it off against Willson Contreras, who swings at a pitch that drops out of the zone.
Mitch White’s Changeup
Painted heat might be cool, but an 88 mph changeup that dots the corner and gets filthy break (and a swinging strike) is just as pretty. Here, Mitch White delivers just that to Tommy Edman, who goes down swinging at a fantastic offspeed pitch.
Aaron Ashby’s Slider
This might not be Devin Williams’ changeup, but boy do the Brewers have a ton of guys in the pen who can really sling the ball. Here, Aaron Ashby tosses his filthy slider past Odubel Herrera, who goes down swinging.
Devin Williams’ Changeup
Okay, this pitch is definitely Devin Williams’ changeup. Watch it. Marvel at it. Enjoy the filthiness. That’s all I’ve got to say.
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