The 10 Nastiest Pitches from Wednesday

Wednesday's best across Major League Baseball.

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.


Michael King’s Slider



Michael King dealt on Wednesday, tallying twelve strikeouts in just five innings. He ended the fourth with a nasty backfoot slider to Seth Brown.


Michael King’s Sinker



King was so dominant that he got two spots on Wednesday’s list. This time he showed off a great sinker to Seth Brown, who, unfortunately for him, is also featured twice.


Cade Povich’s Sweeper



Cade Povich’s second start went much better than his first, as the lefty tallied six shutout innings against the strong Atlanta offense. He struck out six and got Michael Harris II to chase a nasty sweeper out of the zone.


Spencer Schwellenbach’s Slider



Fellow rookie Spencer Schwellenbach opposed Povich in this one, and the Atlanta righty had his best career start to date. He only struck out three but limited the Orioles to just two runs and finished his outing with a punchout of Anthony Santander.


Logan Webb’s Changeup



Logan Webb picked up his sixth win of the year Wednesday afternoon allowing the Giants to take the series against the visiting Astros. Webb struck out five; his final of the outing coming on a fantastic change to Jon Singleton.


Sonny Gray’s Sweeper



Sonny Gray struck out the side in the first on the way to striking out nine total Pirates. Gray featured his sweeper heavily in this one and put away Oneill Cruz on a great one.


Pablo López’s Sweeper



The Twins and Rockies game would turn into a slugfest in the later innings with Minnesota grabbing a 17-9 victory. Pablo López limited the damage during his time on the mound, only allowing a couple of runs over his five innings. Lopez struck out five and showed off a sharp sweeper to Michael Toglia.


Tyson Miller’s Curveball



Tyson Miller came up with the Cubs in 2020, has bounced around with five different teams since, and finds himself back in the Cubs’ bullpen in 2024. He recorded four outs on Wednesday, two by way of the K, and put away Ben Rortvedt on a nasty breaking ball.


Aaron Civale’s Curveball



Aaron Civale found himself in a tight spot with two on but managed to escape unscathed by getting Cody Bellinger to chase a curve that fell off the table.


Cam Booser’s Sweeper



After falling to an early deficit, the Red Sox battled back for the victory which brought them back to .500 on the year. Cam Booser was the first one out of the pen for Boston and tossed a scoreless inning while freezing Bryson Stott on a nice sweeper.


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Photos courtesy of Icon Sportswire. Adapted by Kurt Wasemiller (@KUWasemiller on Twitter / @kurt_player02 on Instagram)

Colin McCusker

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

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