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The 10 Nastiest Pitches From Sunday

The Nastiest Pitches from Sunday'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.

 

Emmanuel Clase’s Slider

 

 

Emmanuel Clase is one of the nastiest pitchers in all of baseball, and when his slider is on it’s borderline unhittable. This one was nearly a mile outside of the zone but still elicited a ridiculous attempt by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. that resulted in Clase’s lone K of the day.

 

Framber Valdez’s Sinker

 

 

Watching Framber Valdez pitch in Houston is an absolute treat. Houston’s great camera angle combined with the fact that Valdez lines up on the right side of the rubber means that his release point is pretty much dead center in the middle of the screen. This allows us to see the true movement of his entire repertoire of pitches, which is not the case in the vast majority of ballparks across MLB. Here, we can see the ridiculous amount of arm side movement Valdez’s sinker gets up and out of the zone. Good grief.

 

Framber Valdez’s Changeup

 

 

Here’s another great example of how important camera angles matter for Nastiest Pitches. We can see the subtle arm side movement on this changeup at the last moment to stay in the zone, fooling Jordan Westburg into the backwards K. That movement at the very end is what makes this pitch so filthy, and thanks to this camera angle we can actually see and appreciate it.

 

Clay Holmes‘ Sinker

 

 

Here’s another filthy sinker, this time from Clay Holmes. This one gets more vertical movement than Valdez’s, and it absolutely disappears under the zone.

 

José Alvarado’s Cutter

 

 

There was a 0% chance of Randal Grichuk hitting this disgusting cutter from Jose Alvarado, as it moved a ton as it passed through the zone.

 

Paul Skenes‘ Fastball

 

 

Paul Skenes peppered the zone with fastballs and splitters all afternoon long, making quick work of the Rays over seven very strong innings. 100 MPH painted down and away is simply unfair.

 

Scott Alexander’s Slider

 

 

I always try to include a lesser name in these recaps, and this slider from Scott Alexander absolutely deserves to be included among these ranks. This thing completely eats up Jose Miranda.

 

Justin Martinez‘ Sinker

 

 

Justin Martinez deserves to be getting as much mainstream attention as Mason Miller, as his stuff is just as filthy without the same amount of fanfare. This 101 MPH sinker completely freezes one of the best hitters of this generation in Bryce Harper.

 

Raisel Iglesias‘ Changeup

 

 

Raisel Iglesias came on in the ninth to shut the door on the Yankees, and he did his job. He struck out two to end the game, including this one against Alex Verdugo with a nasty changeup that gets a ton of arm-side run.

 

Bryce Miller’s Sinker

 

 

While this sinker doesn’t have the elite velocity that we’ve seen in some of the sinkers above, the pinpoint precision from Bryce Miller on this backdoor sinker makes it nasty nonetheless. Let’s just ignore that crooked number in the Marlins’ scoreboard, however…

 

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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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