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Garrett Crochet’s Slider
Woof. This right here is one of the filthiest pitches I’ve seen in a while. It’s a surefire candidate for Nastiest Pitch of the month, but there’s still plenty of August left to go. This White Sox pitching staff is absolutely loaded.
Zack Britton’s Sinker
This was easily the strangest game of the night. After many lead changes and multiple innings of me yelling at the screen as I just wanted to go to bed, the Yankees finally pulled off the victory. New York blew four saves in four straight innings and one of them was thanks to Zack Britton, but not before he threw this devastating sinker to strike out Michael A. Taylor.
Jeff Hoffman’s Slider
I forgot Jeff Hoffman was pitching for Cincinnati so this was a pleasant surprise. Also a pleasant surprise? This nasty slider. Thanks, Jeff.
Nick Wittgren’s Slider
Nick Wittgren is quickly climbing up my “Nastiest Reliever” ranks with his slider/changeup combo. Here’s a slider that makes Jonathan India look silly.
Edgar García’s Sinker
We’ve got to break up this run of sliders somehow, so here’s a nasty sinker from Twins’ reliever Edgar García. Yes, this will do.
Joe Musgrove’s Slider
Joe Musgrove had a ridiculous 51% CSW on 37 sliders thrown in this game and a 40% CSW overall on 94 pitches. All of his breaking stuff was on point with sharp break and a little extra bite to it. He was straight up filthy all night long.
Charlie Barnes’ Slider
With only four games to pick from the pickings were pretty slim. This nasty slider from Charlie Barnes gets thrown in at the end here because it took place at the only game with a decent camera angle on the day. It’s not nearly as impressive after seeing what Garrett Crochet did above, but this is still no easy pitch to execute and he did it to perfection.
Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)