The 8 Nastiest Pitches from Thursday

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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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Shohei Ohtani’s Splitter




Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani was lights out in an 8-0 shutout of the Red Sox, in which he struck out 11 and dazzled with his sensational splitter. This 90 mph beauty made Alex Verdugo wish he was somewhere else.


Adrian Houser’s Changeup




The Brewers piled the misery on the Reds with a 10-5 win at American Family Field on the back of some nasty pitching from Adrian Houser – the best of his night was this 88 mph changeup to ring up Mike Moustakas.


Aaron Civale’s Cutter




It has been a rough start for charismatic Guardians starter Aaron Civale, who has struggled with location and the long ball. Today’s outing was near his best of the season and he had a number of different pitches working for him – none more so than this perfectly located 87 mph cutter with late movement to jelly-leg Zack Collins.


Aaron Nola’s Sinker




Ouch! An absolutely vicious 91 mph two-seam fastball from Aaron Nola to tie up Eduardo Escobar of the New York Mets inside. Flirting with the body, the horizontal movement bends this comfortably in the top of the strike zone. Plain nasty!


Edwin Díaz’s Slider




The New York Mets scored seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to snatch victory from the bowels of defeat against a beleaguered Phillies team. And these days when the Mets are hot, Edwin Díaz is hot! Díaz made light work of the hitters in the ninth, striking out two including Roman Quinn with this delectable 89 mph hard slider.


Jorge López’s Sinker




What a way to end it! Orioles closer Jorge López with a nasty 99 mph sinker that shows in the zone just enough for Byron Buxton to nibble at it before scorching high and out of the zone. Lovely stuff.


Shane McClanahan’s Four-Seam Fastball




Take that, rook! Shane McClanahan blowing a 99 mph heater past young buck Julio Rodríguez was one of the smile moments of the day! The Rays starter giving out the “I’m the boss” medicine here to the upstart Mariner.


Jesús Luzardo’s Four-Seam Fastball




The Lizard King is clearly enjoying the balmy weather in Miami more than the torrid cold of Oakland. The lefty dominated once again against the Padres, striking out seven across six innings. This angry 99 mph heater to strike out Jake Cronenworth was a gem.

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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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