The 10 Nastiest Pitches from Monday

Monday's best across Major League Baseball.

Every morning, the We Love Baseball crew reviews the Nastiest Pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious high-definition GIFs. We want to bring you the highest caliber of nastiness possible, so if you see a nasty pitch, please tell us about it. You can tweet @PitcherList to let us know, and we’ll give you a shout-out here in the article if your tip makes the cut.

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Tyler Glasnow’s Curveball




Tyler Glasnow made his second start of 2022 as he works his way back from surgery and prepares for the playoffs. Glasnow looked like his old self, picking up seven strikeouts in under four innings. He put away Kiké Hernández on a dirty breaking ball in the second.


Jesús Luzardo’s Curveball




Michael Harris II and the Braves traveled to Miami on the heels of a weekend sweep over the rival Mets. They would not find the same success on Monday as Jesús Luzardo and the Marlins shut out the strong Atlanta lineup 4-0. Luzardo struck out 12, including Harris here in the sixth.


Lance McCullers Jr.’s Knuckle-Curve




Lance McCullers Jr.tossed a gem in his final regular-season start, but the Astros would fall to the Phillies 3-0. McCullers struck out five, all on breaking pitches, and put away Bryce Harper on a great one here.


Aaron Nola’s Knuckle-Curve




Aaron Nola opposed McCullers on the hill as the Phillies attempted to clinch the final NL Wild card spot. Nola was in complete control all evening, striking out nine over six and two-thirds shutout innings. He put away Jeremy Peña on a filthy knuckle-curve in the first.


José Alvarado’s Sinker




The third pitcher from this matchup comes in the form of José Alvarado. Alvarado recorded three of his four outs by way of the strikeout and tied up Kyle Tucker on an unbelievable sinker.


Tony Gonsolin’s Splitter




It was a bullpen game for the Dodgers as Tony Gonsolin only pitched a pair of innings, but the righty continued to pitch well and tallied three Ks, all on splitters. Ryan McMahon was victim number one in the first.


Rich Hill’s Curveball




Rich Hill can still sling it – even in the twilight of his career at the age of 42. He picked up a strikeout per inning in his six frames and showed off his patented breaking ball to record the strikeout of Vidal Bruján.


Triston McKenzie’s Curveball




Triston McKenzie continued his strong season Monday, though the Royals would get the win in extras. McKenzie struck out four including Drew Waters on a breaking ball that fell off the table.


Bryce Elder’s Sinker




Bryce Elder entered Monday coming off a complete game shutout, but the Marlins ensured that he would not see the same success. Elder still struck out five in as many innings and put away Jon Berti on a filthy two-seamer in the second.


José Berríos‘ Curveball




José Berríos picked up the win in his final start of the 2022 regular season. He struck out five and caught Gunnar Henderson looking on a back-door curveball that caught just enough of the plate.


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Colin McCusker

Colin is a former collegiate pitcher who now spends his time watching as much baseball as possible.

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