The 10 Nastiest Pitches From Friday

The Nastiest Pitches from Friday's MLB action

Every morning, the We Love Baseball crew reviews the Nastiest Pitches from the previous day’s games. If you see something you think should be included here be sure to tweet @PitcherList to let us know. Or, if you’re a PL+ Member and part of our Discord, shout it out in the Nastiest Pitches channel.


Freddy Peralta’s Curveball



The wind was howling in this game (so don’t mind the shaky camera), but that didn’t impact Freddy Peralta’s filthy stuff from missing bats. Peralta struck out 11 in six dominant innings against the class of the AL East.


Tanner Houck’s Slider



This pitch absolutely ate up Luis Rengifo, just as the Angels ate up Tanner Houck to the tune of seven runs in 5.2 innings. The slider had a 33% CSW on the day, which simply isn’t good enough with Houck’s limited offerings.


Garrett Cleavinger’s Sweeper



This pitch was never even in the vicinity of the strike zone, but Garrett Cleavinger made Thairo Estrada look silly anyway.


Jake Irvin’s Fastball



96 mph up and in iss always going to be an elite pitch, and while Jake Irvin didn’t quite hit his spot it’s still a filthy pitch in an unhittable location.


JB Bukauskas‘ Sinker



I love a good sinker with excellent downward movement, and this one from JB Bukauskas really caught my eye.


Kevin Gausman’s Splitter



Kevin Gausman didn’t have his best outing against the Rockies, but his 35% CSW with the splitter on the night is pretty good.


Tanner Houck’s Changeup



As I mentioned earlier, Tanner Houck did not have himself a very good game, but he struck out the best hitter on the planet with this nasty changeup.


Paul Blackburn’s Curveball



Just as we all expected, we got a pitcher’s duel between Paul Blackburn and Jake Irvin out in Oakland last night. Blackburn pitched well, and this curveball in particular stood out. It ended up being his last pitch of the game.


Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s Curveball



Yoshinobu Yamamoto threw a bunch of nasty curves in this one, but this was my personal favorite. Just an absolute thing of beauty.


Keaton Winn’s Splitter



This splitter gets a ton of last-minute armside run at a ridiculous 91 mph. Remember when splitters in the 90s were unheard of? Not anymore…


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Photos courtesy of Icon Sportswire
Adapted by Kurt Wasemiller (@KUWasemiller on Twitter / @kurt_player02 on Instagram

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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