The 8 Nastiest Pitches From Friday

The Nastiest Pitches from Friday's MLB action

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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Sandy Alcantara’s Changeup

 

 

Sandy Alcantara is a man on a mission He was a tough luck loser on Friday, allowing two earned runs over eight strong innings against the Phillies. He’s allowed only four earned runs over his last four starts, a 32 inning stretch of utter dominance. He’s the leader in the clubhouse for the NL Cy Young at the break.

 

Alek Manoah’s Slider

 

 

Alek Manoah is must see TV every time he takes the mound, and his filthy slider is a big reason why.

 

Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball

 

 

After flirting with a perfect game for the second time this season, Clayton Kershaw earned the win despite allowing a single hit in the eighth inning. This curveball and the ensuing whiff from Shohei Ohtani should be played on repeat in Cooperstown for all of eternity.

 

Trevor Richards‘ Changeup

 

 

Not enough people are talking about Trevor Richards‘ changeup this season. Did you know it has the third highest CSW% (39.1%) among all changeups in MLB this year? I bet you didn’t. That’s better than Devin Williams, Shane McClanahan, and Sandy Alcantara. It’s an elite pitch, and if he can make any adjustments to either his fastball or curveball, look out.

 

John Schreiber’s Slider

 

 

John Schreiber has been an elite weapon out of the Red Sox’ bullpen this season, thanks largely in part to his slider. Its’ 42.1% CSW is the 11th highest among sliders in MLB this year and you can see why in this GIF.

 

Clay Holmes‘ Sinker

 

 

Clay Holmes has arguably been the best reliever in baseball this year, and he’ll be taking his talents to LA for the All Star game on Tuesday night.

 

Jovani Moran’s Changeup

 

 

I happened to hop into this game just in time to see Jovani Moran throw this nasty changeup down and in to Reese McGuire for this helpless strikeout late in the game. What a nice surprise!

 

José Alvarado’s Sinker

 

 

I’m not sure what Miguel Rojas saw on this pitch, because it was middle-middle the entire way until that gorgeous little sink at the end forced it closer to the corner. José Alvarado’s sinker is one of the nastiest in baseball.

 

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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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