Noe Ramirez’s Changeup + The Nastiest Pitches from Thursday’s Games

Andy Patton examines the six nastiest pitches from Thursday's games, including offerings from Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Alcantara and Greg Holland.

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 Second 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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Noe Ramirez’s Changeup – Ramirez didn’t have the best outing on Thursday, but his wicked changeup has been filthy all year and deserves some love. His 50.4% o-swing rate and 20.9% swinging strike rate are obvious when you see a pitch like this one to Denard Span. Woof.

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Mychal Givens‘ Slider – Givens brought a wicked slider here to Stephen Piscotty, getting a desperate hack for strike two. Givens has a 14.1% swinging strike rate on his slider this season.

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Sandy Alcantara’s Sinker – Alcantara posted a quality start against the Mets on Thursday, fanning six. He used his wicked sinker here to get a big whiff from Kevin Plawecki.

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Greg Holland’s Slider – Holland dropped this big nasty hook on Ben Zobrist to get a huge strike three in a crucial spot in the eighth inning. Woof.

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Seth Lugo’s Curveball – Lugo has continued his dominance out of the Mets bullpen, here tossing his heavy curveball in a perfect spot for strike three.

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Clayton Kershaw’s Slider – Kershaw had himself a PQS on Thursday, picking up eight strikeouts in the process. Here he got himself a nice strikeout on a front-door slider to Paul DeJong. Nasty.


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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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