The 6 Nastiest Pitches from the NL Wild Card Game

If this game was any indication, we're in for one heck of an October.

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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Blake Treinen’s Slider



The filthiest pitcher in baseball was allowed to throw 1.2 innings of relief on Wednesday night, and he was every bit as nasty as you would expect. This slider to Yadier Molina was the cream of the crop, making the future Hall of Famer looking like a minor leaguer getting his first taste of the bigs.


Adam Wainwright’s Sinker



The Dodgers may have won the war, but Adam Wainwright won the battle between himself and Max Scherzer. Waino pitched a gem on Wednesday, with his only blemish being the solo shot to Justin Turner. This sinker that crept back over the plate to catch Corey Seager looking was his best pitch of the night, and it set the tone for what the Dodgers would face for the next five innings.


Joe Kelly’s Knuckle Curve



Joe Kelly came on in relief of Max Scherzer in the fifth inning and shut down the rally that St. Louis had started. This wicked knuckle curve totally fooled Dylan Carlson and helped Kelly get back into the at-bat, which resulted in a strikeout. St. Louis had a few chances in this game to put some runs on the board, but the Dodgers’ bullpen came through when they needed to.


Max Scherzer’s Slider



Speaking of Scherzer, he may have gotten into a jam in the fifth, but he was pretty much lights-out otherwise. This nasty pitcher on pitcher crime helped get him out of the fourth inning.


Adam Wainwright’s Cutter



After striking out against Scherzer, Waino went right back out there and kept dealing. This cutter to A.J. Pollock had a ton of drop to it, and it clocked in over 10 MPH faster than his curveball for most of the night. I can’t imagine trying to hit that junk.


T.J. McFarland’s Slider




Yes sir, it sure is! Check out the break on this pitch… WOOF, is that nasty.


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Ben Brown

Ben is a lifelong resident of the great state of Maine who loves the wild and wacky intricacies of baseball. During the summer months, you'll find him either in the woods at a golf course or floating on the water upta camp, both with a local beer in hand and a game on the radio.

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