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Yu Darvish’s Knuckle-Curve and the Nastiest Pitches of 3/7

Nasty delights from Darvish, Gilbert, Kelly, Wainwright and Giolito.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through Spring Training 2021, the We Love Baseball crew reviews the Nastiest Pitches from the previous few days’ 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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Yu Darvish’s Knuckle-Curve

 

 

Watching Yu Darvish pitch majestically for the Padres will bring a tear to the eye of many Cubs fans; however, his future is in San Diego and if he decimates veteran hitters like Whit Merrifield with killer knuckle-curveballs like this then it will be a special year on the West Coast.

 

Logan Gilbert’s Four-Seam Fastball

 

 

The promising 6′ 6″ hard-throwing right-hander out of Stetson University impressed right out of the gate exhibiting all the traits of a front-end starter. The Mariners’ first-round pick from the 2018 draft wasted no time in painting the corners against David Fletcher with his four-seam fastball, which topped out at 97 mph at the alternate site last year. Lots to salivate over here.

 

Merrill Kelly’s Curveball

 

 

Former-KBO star Merrill Kelly had a quietly impressive year in Arizona in 2020 after a mixed bag in his first MLB season in 2019. He threw 44 pitches over three innings of work against a strong Cubs lineup yesterday, the best being his last: a delightful 82 mph curveball inside to stump veteran Jason Heyward.

 

Adam Wainwright’s Cutter

 

 

There is a wily veteran that just won’t go away in St. Louis – 39-year old Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright was in the groove today and demolished Myles Straw with this filthy 84 mph cutter.

 

Lucas Giolito’s Changeup

 

 

Lucas Giolito, the big man from Burbank, looked in mid-season form against the Rockies today, his devastating changeup embarrassing young Sam Hilliard and forcing a cry of anguish. Nasty…but beautiful.

 

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