Kelvin Herrera’ Changeup + The Nastiest Pitches from Thursday’s Games

Andy Patton examines the seven nastiest pitches from Thursday's games, including offerings from Justin Verlander, Luke Weaver, Max Fried and more!

Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

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Kelvin Herrera’s Changeup – Pitching certainly wasn’t the focal point of Thursday’s 14-12 game between the Nationals and the Marlins. However, Herrera managed his way onto this list with this heavy changeup that broke way off the plate and out of the reach of slugger Justin Bour.

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Max Fried’s Curveball – Fried got, well, fried by the Brewers on Thursday, giving up four runs in just three innings of work. His curveball was still a thing of beauty however, here looping down into the inside corner and getting a big whiff from Ryan Braun.

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Buck Farmer’s Changeup – Farmer missed his spot by about a country mile on this pitch, but his changeup still has enough wicked movement on it to get Adrian Beltre flinching.

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Justin Verlander’s Curveball – Verlander was once again money on Thursday, striking out 10 in seven strong innings. He spent most of the game working his fastball/slider combo off each other, but occasionally mixed in his yo-yo curveball. Ya know, for funsies.

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Andrew Cashner’s Slider – Cashner was pitch tunneling to the extreme on Thursday, firing a nasty two-seamer that broke onto the outside corner right before offering this slider that poor Brian Dozier reacted way too late to. It was one of only three strikeouts for Cashner, who had a six inning, two ER day.

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Luke Weaver’s Curveball – Weaver had one of his best starts of the season on Thursday, tossing eight innings of two run ball with a 7/0 K/BB ratio. He used his wicked curveball here to get ahead of Austin Jackson, one of Weaver’s six CSW on the day with the curve.

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Carlos Rodon’s Slider – Rodon managed to post a quality start on Thursday despite the same number of walks (6) as strikeouts. Here he used his wicked 87 mile per hour slider to earn a K on Houston’s Josh Reddick.

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Andy Patton

Andy is the Dynasty Content Manager here at PitcherList. He manages all of the prospect content on the site, while also contributing a weekly article on dynasty deep sleepers, and the weekly hitter and pitcher stash lists. Andy also co-hosts the Never Sunny in Seattle podcast on the PitcherList Podcast Network, and separately hosts the Score Zags Score Podcast.

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