Back in December, we crowned Tanner Houck as the champion of the 2020 Nastiest Pitches Tournament. Now, with Spring Training underway, it’s time to take a look at the Nastiest Pitch Arsenals in the league. This tournament features eight SPs with the best stuff in the league, squaring off with each other in order to crown the nastiest of them all.
Now, there are a few rules we must follow:
- Please vote for whichever pitching arsenal you feel is the nastiest in each matchup. The best thing about Nastiest Pitches is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder — we all have different definitions of what we think a nasty pitch looks like, so there will likely be some surprises in the results.
- You can only vote on a matchup once, so make sure you pick the one you absolutely want.
- Voting will continue until 12:00 a.m. EST the following morning.
Without further ado, here’s how the 2020 bracket shapes up:
This was the matchup I sort of expected all along. The man with a million pitches vs. (arguably) the best pitcher in baseball. Yu Darvish may have nearly triple the pitch mix of Jacob deGrom, but you can’t deny that deGrom’s been the better pitcher the last few years. But this tournament isn’t about who puts up better statistics. It’s about who has the nastiest pitches in their arsenal. Which ace deserves the crown? Vote below to decide!
Photos by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter) and Doug Carlin (@Bdougals on Twitter)