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 Sinker



He would be tagged with the loss, but Michael King put up another strong start for the Padres on Wednesday afternoon. King struck out nine and froze Cal Raleigh on a great front door sinker.


Corbin Burnes‘ Curveball



Corbin Burnes recorded another quality start for the O’s on Wednesday, though it would come with a loss as Baltimore was shut out in Chicago. Burnes struck out five and dropped in a nice curve to Miguel Amaya.


Nick Pivetta’s Sweeper



Nick Pivetta allowed a trio of early runs but would find his groove in the fourth and strike out eight consecutive Oakland hitters. This strikeout of Brent Rooker came in the middle of that impressive run.


Framber Valdez’s Curveball



Framber Valdez had the curveball working on Wednesday as six of his 10 strikeouts came on the breaker. Valdez struck out the side in the sixth and got Jake Burger to chase a sharp breaker down and out of the zone.


Frankie Montas‘ Splitter



Frankie Montas allowed five runs to the visiting Rockies but still managed to log seven innings picking up seven Ks along the way. Four came on the split and he threw a great one here to Jake Cave.


Bailey Ober’s Changeup



The Twins and White Sox would split Wednesday’s doubleheader and game one starter Bailey Ober was tabbed with the loss in the matinee. Ober struck out six in as many innings and got Gavin Sheets swinging on a change below the zone.


Drew Thorpe’s Slider



Drew Thorpe would start game two for the White Sox and would walk away with a no-decision in the eventual 3-2 loss. Thorpe would strike out only one, but it came on an impressive slider to Brooks Lee.


Reese Olson’s Slider



Reese Olson would pick up his fourth win on Wednesday over the AL Central-leading Guardians recording three strikeouts along the way. His final K came at the expense of Brayan Rocchio on a great breaking ball that fell off the table.


Tanner Bibee’s Curveball



Tanner Bibee opposed Olson in this one and tossed seven strong innings but would ultimately come away with the loss. Bibee struck out eight and sat down Akil Badoo here on a strong curve.


Blake Treinen’s Slider



Blake Treinen is always a candidate to appear on Nastiest Pitches and he finds himself here again after a strong outing on Wednesday. He ended his outing by getting Edmundo Sosa to chase a slider way out of the zone.


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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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