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.


Aaron Nola’s Sinker



This pitch gets an ABSURD 22 inches of run and Michael Siani was completely lost in space as this screaming ball of fire came in at him.


Emmanuel Clase’s Slider



Not shown in this GIF is the smirk on Clase’s face as Keibert Ruiz walked back to the dugout. Clase knew he got Ruiz good with this pitch, and it nearly broke his ankles. Just disgusting.


José Berríos‘ Sinker



We’ll forgive José Berríos for walking off the mound with two outs in the inning, because this sinker painted the edge of the zone just so beautifully. Connor Joe was caught frozen as the sinker lit up the shadow.


Tanner Houck’s Splitter



You’re forgiven for not knowing Akil Baddoo is back in the majors, but you’re not forgiven if you haven’t been paying attention to Tanner Houck’s renaissance this season, which continued on Friday night with another stellar outing. I have a feeling this won’t be the last we see of Houck tonight.


Tanner Houck’s Slider



Foreshadowing! This backdoor slider was too good to leave out. Houck really has been so fun to watch this year.


José Berríos Slurve



Let’s double dip again, this time with another filthy pitch by José Berríos. The slurve was working for Berríos tonight, earning a 33% CSW en route to a solid outing against the Pirates.


Aroldis Chapman’s Splitter



Sticking in Toronto, here’s a filthy splitter from Aroldis Chapman that completely fooled Davis Schneider and his wonderful mustache.


Javier Assad’s Curveball



A little Friday matinee in Chicago is just what the doctor ordered today, and we were served a treat by Javier Assad. He struck out seven on the afternoon and this nasty curve helped get me through the rest of my work day. Gorgeous.


Tyson Miller’s Sweeper



Tyson Miller came into the ballgame with a man on third and made quick work of Spencer Steer, capping off the inning with this brilliant sweeper outside of the zone with a ton of movement. The Cubs went on to lose 5-4 but it could have been worse.


Brady Basso’s Curveball



We wrap up this edition of Nastiest Pitches with an MLB Debut and first career strikeout by Brady Basso. This gorgeous curveball catches professional hitter Marcell Ozuna off guard, and the Basso clan is ecstatic in the stands. Congrats Brady!


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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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