The 10 Nastiest Pitches From Monday

Labor Day brought the best out of some of baseball's finest pitchers.

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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Max Scherzer’s Changeup




Why did we ever wonder if Max Scherzer would enjoy it on the West Coast? He has been absolutely phenomenal since joining from the Nationals, and yesterday was as complete a performance as you will see from the veteran master of the art of pitching. His 13th and final strikeout across his sensational eight frames came thanks to this amazing 86 mph changeup to baffle Paul DeJong. Elite.


Lance McCullers’ Knuckle-Curve




The Astros breezed past the Mariners on the back of another excellent outing from Lance McCullers. The righty with his flowing locks struck out seven across six dominant innings, allowing just two runs on four hits. This beautifully located 85 mph knuckle curveball followed a changeup with a similar velocity that was positioned a little higher. You can see Jose Marmolejos reaching for it. A perfectly placed pitch.


A.J. Alexy’s Changeup




Finally, the Rangers have a promising young pitcher who looks to be made for the big leagues. A.J. Alexy was acquired as part of the Yu Darvish trade with the Dodgers back in 2017, and after a few rough years with injury concerns, he has won both of his first two starts in the bigs in impressive fashion. He allowed just one hit and walked two while striking out seven across six scoreless innings against the Angels. This delightful 86 mph changeup to MVP favorite Shohei Ohtani was his nastiest delivery of the night.


Kevin Gausman’s Splitter




Death, taxes, and Kevin Gausman’s splitter. This wonderful 84 mph splitter low and away to Garrett Hampson is just too nasty.


Zack Wheeler’s Four-Seam Fastball




Zack Wheeler brought the heat today in the Phillies’ 12-0 rout of the Brewers. Wheeler did not allow a run or a walk in a commanding performance where he struck out nine across six innings. This vicious high, rising 97 mph four-seamer plants the nail atop the corner of Eduardo Escobar’s strike zone. Nasty heat!


Brandon Woodruff’s Curveball




It certainly wasn’t Brandon Woodruff’s fault the Brewers lost 12-0. Although, he did uncharacteristically give up three home runs across his six innings. In a mixed outing, he did throw a couple of beauties, including this x mph curveball to ring up Andrew McCutchen.


David Bednar’s Curveball




What a rookie season it has been for rookie David Bednar in Pittsburgh. Yesterday was Bednar’s ninth straight scoreless appearance and his third save since taking over the closer role for the traded Richard Rodriguez. He boasts a 34/6 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings so far this year. Wow! He struck out the side yesterday in a 1-2-3 ninth inning, all three Ks were from his mesmerizing curveball. This 79 mph ripper disposed of Derek Hill.


Sonny Gray’s Sinker




Oh, Sonny! How you tease us with your brilliance. Another above-average season for Sonny Gray, yet I cannot help feel a little disappointed again as he has failed to reach the potential that he displays on so many outings. Gray is still operating on a pitch count, so his 66 pitches may seem low but he did manage to strike out eight through five innings, including six with his majestic sinker. This beautiful 92 mph comeback two-seamer completely freezes Sergio Alcantara.


Hyun Jin Ryu’s Cutter




89 mph down and inside with extra late movement. This cutter to strike out Gleyber Torres is just plain nasty from Hyun Jin Ryu.


Kyle Finnegan’s Sinker




And here is a nasty way to finish – pure heat from Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan, who served up this ripping 95 mph two-seamer to strike out Francisco Lindor in the ninth.


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Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for sportbc.blog, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

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