The 8 Nastiest Pitches From Monday

There were 7 games across MLB last night—here are the 8 best pitches.

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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Alek Manoah’s Slider

 

 

Alek Manoah pitched masterfully for the Blue Jays last night as he allowed just one hit over eight innings and struck out 10. Nine of those Ks came on Manoah’s slider, which is just an absurd looking thing. Here he gets Kevin Kiermaier swinging at the pitch for a nasty strike three (H/T to PL+ member AnOldOldWoodenShippy).

 

Sandy Alcantara’s Changeup

 

 

Alek Manoah might have grabbed the top spot this morning, but it easily could’ve gone to Sandy Alcantara on any other night. Alcantara also pitched eight one-hit innings, and struck out seven, but his changeup is just a bit less filthy than Manoah’s. So we’re relegating it to the number two slot today.

 

Rich Hill’s Curveball

 

 

Speaking of absurd breaking balls, here’s Rich Hill and his monstrous curveball. Hill just bends this one from what feels like a mile outside of the zone to right over the edge of the plate for a called strike three. Insane.

 

Clay Holmes‘ Sinker

 

 

Now onto the speed from yesterday. Let’s start with Clay Holmes and his ridiculous backdoor sinker that just nibbles at the edge of the zone to freeze Josh Donaldson. Check out the slo-mo, it really shows you how much movement this pitch gets. It’s absolutely filthy.

 

Miguel Castro’s Changeup

 

 

Similar to Alcantara’s pitch, here comes another 94 mph changeup. This time it’s courtesy of Mets reliever Miguel Castro who just absolutely spins a beauty of an off speed pitch past slugger Nolan Arenado for strike three.

 

Luis Gil’s Fastball

 

 

Going back to the Yankees game we’ve got starter Luis Gil with a filthy fastball of his own. It’s certainly not up to the same standards as Holmes pitch, but it’s certainly filthy enough to earn a spot in today’s Nastiest Pitches.

 

Collin McHugh’s Slider

 

 

Collin McHugh only pitched 2.1 innings last night, but it was a very solid outing. He didn’t allow a run and his sole strikeout was an absolute beauty. Here it is, a nasty slider that gets Vladimir Guerrero Jr. swinging and missing.

 

Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball

 

 

Lastly, we have a vicious curveball courtesy of Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw pitched solid enough going 4.1 innings and striking out five hitters. Here he rips off his Hall of Fame curveball into the dirt to induce a swinging strike from Nick Ahmed

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Donny Moskovits

Donny currently studies Financial Mathematics at Baruch College. He writes nastiest pitches articles here at Pitcher List, and is a die hard Mets fan whose optimism can only be described as unbridled.

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