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The 8 Nastiest Pitches from Monday

Monday's best across Major League Baseball.

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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Marco Gonzales‘ Cutter

 

 

Marco Gonzales had a rough Monday in the Bronx. He allowed three home runs over his short outing as the Yankees would go on to knock off the playoff-hopeful Mariners. Gonzales did have one bright spot in the form of this cutter to Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

 

Hunter Greene’s Slider

 

 

Hunter Greene’s season stats may not blow anyone away right now, but the Reds’ young hurler has some of the most electric stuff in the league. He tossed six shutout innings and picked up eight punchouts on Monday, including this one of Lewin Díaz.

 

Max Scherzer’s Changeup

 

 

Max Scherzer’s recent return from injury has buoyed the Mets’ rotation—a rotation that will only get better with Jacob deGrom’s return on Tuesday. Scherzer led the Mets to victory Monday and featured a nasty changeup to Keibert Ruiz.

 

Tarik Skubal’s Slider

 

 

Tarik Skubal’s name was surprisingly floated around heading into the trade deadline, but with less than 24 hours remaining the young lefty remains a Tiger. Skubal’s outing was cut short due to soreness on Monday, but he picked up four Ks over five shutout innings, including this one on a great slider to Carlos Correa.

 

Jhoan Duran’s Curveball

 

 

Jhoan Duran is a mainstay on Nasty Pitches and the Twins’ rookie reliever picked up a pair of strikeouts in an easy 10-pitch inning. He showed off all of his arsenal Monday with his first strikeout coming on an elevated 102 mph fastball, and the second on this filthy back-foot breaking ball to Willi Castro.

 

Jharel Cotton’s Changeup

 

 

Preceding Duran in this AL Central matchup was Jharel Cotton. The veteran did well to keep the Twins in the game and managed two and two-third shutout innings. He tallied three strikeouts, all on the changeup, and this one to Harold Castro may have been his best.

 

Mike Clevinger’s Slider

 

 

Mike Clevinger took the hill for the Padres on Monday as the Friars played host to the visiting Rockies. He turned in one of his best outings of the season and allowed a single run in seven innings while picking up six strikeouts. He recorded his first out of the game on a great slider to José Iglesias.

 

Logan Webb’s Slider

 

 

Logan Webb wasn’t at his sharpest on Monday, allowing six runs to the rival Dodgers. He managed only two strikeouts on the evening but put away Gavin Lux on a fantastic slider.

 

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Colin McCusker

Colin is a former collegiate pitcher who now spends his time watching as many Red Sox games as possible. He is patiently awaiting a Rafael Devers extension.

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