Charlie Morton’s Curveball and the Nastiest Pitches from 9/19

Ben Brown brings you the nastiest pitches from Saturday's games.

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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Charlie Morton’s Curveball


Hoooooo diggity. This filthy curveball to strike out Rio Ruiz was the nastiest pitch of the night for Charlie Morton, who earned a win in Baltimore with his five innings of one-run ball. The pitch earned a 32% CSW on the night and induced seven whiffs, including this one for a swinging strikeout.


Jeurys Familia’s Splitter


This splitter by Jeurys Familia had me jumping out of my seat when I saw it. Look at how this pitch starts in the middle of the plate, heads that way for the first 40 feet through the air, then darts low and away in the final few feet as Ozzie Ablies whiffs over the top of it. Unreal.



Pablo Lopez’s Changeup


Pablo Lopez dropped this insane changeup low and away to Luis García for a flailing strike. Lopez struck out seven in 5.1 innings while earning a win while his changeup earned a 29% CSW on the night. (H/T PL+ member Eric Wolfe)


Trevor Bauer’s Slider


Trevor Bauer limited the playoff-bound White Sox offense to two runs in seven innings of work on Saturday night, throwing sliders 36% of the time including this nasty paint on the outside corner to Yasmani Grandal. Grandal tried to foul it off at the last second but the ball was practically in the glove before he made up his mind.


Corbin Burnes‘ Curveball


Corbin Burnes pitched one heck of an outing on Saturday, striking out nine over six innings of work against Kansas City. The cutter was the star of the show with a 40% CSW on the night, but the curveball looked pretty darn good too. Burnes is on fire lately, allowing only one earned run in September. Boomshakalaka!


Jesus Luzardo’s Curveball


Jesus Luzardo pitched six solid innings on Saturday, allowing five hits without a run while striking out seven. This curveball to Evan Longoria nearly ended up in the dirt, but it looked like a strike for 95% of the time it was in the air. Luzardo is a stud and he’s quickly becoming one of my favorite pitchers to watch.


Corbin Burnes‘ Cutter


As I mentioned earlier, Burnes’ cutter was the star of the show in his outing on Saturday and this is just one example of it. He was painting corners and getting whiffs left and right with the pitch, including this one against professional hitter Alex Gordon.


Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball


The appropriately named Cooperstown Curveball is a nastiest pitches mainstay, and I will never stop including it as long as Kershaw pitches on my assigned nights. I could watch this every day until the day I die. Such a beautiful pitch.


Devin Williams‘ Changeup


Here’s another pitch that I will include every time I can. Devin Williams changeup has burst onto the scene this year and quickly became one of the best pitches in the entire league. He dropped this one into the bottom of the zone for a called strike three, effectively freezing Nick Heath in place.


Hyun Jin Ryu’s Curveball


We finish off the night with one more pretty curveball, this one from Hyun Jin Ryu that actually nearly breaks Jean Segura’s ankles. Ryu earned a tough luck loss on Saturday, allowing two earned runs over six innings while striking out eight in the process. It was an unfortunate result for an otherwise solid night, but at least we got this pitch to remember the outing fondly.


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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