The 8 Nastiest Pitches From Thursday

Gallen, deGrom, and more

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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Zac Gallen’s Curveball

An afternoon to remember for Gallen gals as the right-hander stacked up a dozen K’s for a career-high. The curveball baffled the Giants all afternoon and returned 10 whiffs on 15 swings. This one came against Thairo Estrada for his second strikeout.


Jacob deGrom’s Fastball

The ace was back in action last night and overpowered Ronald Acuña Jr.on this triple-digit heater in his second at-bat. But, the right-hander fell on the short side of a 3-2 pitchers duel with Fried; The damage came in the fifth on RBI hits from Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley. Through his first four starts, deGrom has a 44.4% K-BB%. Side note, deGrom’s similar pitchers based on velocity and movement listed on baseball savant are interesting, to say the least: Zack Wheeler, Eddie Butler, Shelby Miller, Andrew Cashner, and Michael Fulmer. OK, maybe Wheeler, but the others?


Devin Williams‘ Changeup

So much for the reset day. Though in fairness to Cody Bellinger, this is just cruel. Checking in on the Airbender; a 47.5% whiff rate and .236 wOBA allowed. Yep, that sounds about right.


Andrew Heaney’s Slider

A pair of longballs from Andrew McCutchen put a damper on his overall line, but otherwise, Heaney pitched well yesterday and went toe-to-toe against Corbin Burnes. The lefty’s slider was excellent and returned 11 whiffs on 22 swings including this one to Christian Yelich leading off the fifth.


Max Fried’s Changeup

Last night featured an exciting divisional showdown between two aces and it was Fried who came out on top in a narrow 3-2 win. Atlanta’s southpaw had everything working last night as his curveball, change, and slider all returned a CSW% of over 40%. How about this slowball to Pete Alonso in his second at-bat? Good luck hitting that.


Jordan Romano’s Slider

After six and two-thirds of one-run ball from José Berríos, the Jays’ closer put a bow on a 9-2 bludgeoning of the bombers by uncorking this textbook slider to whiff D.J. LeMahieu for the final out. The Yankees are now 9-18 in the second half.


Yu Darvish’s Cutter


Well, Darvish certainly deserved a better fate last night; He pitched into the ninth and was saddled with the hard-luck loss after Josh Hader came in, plunked Luke Voit, and walked Nelson Cruz to push the winning run across. Darvish greeted Cruz in his first at-bat with this filthy cutter the next one led to the first of his six punchouts.


Matt Moore’s Changeup

I have to admit I was a little interested in Moore early last season when he was in the mix for the Phillies rotation following his return from a one-year stint in Japan. That was a disaster. But fast forward a year and the man has really found his groove in the Texas bullpen; A 1.96 ERA in 55 IP. You’d figure that a veteran lefty reliever in the middle of a good season and on a one-year contract might’ve made him a reasonable trade target, but instead, he’ll finish out the year in Texas. The 33-year-old fired a scoreless inning last night and his changeup continues to be a force this year with a 47.5% whiff rate.



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Ryan Amore

Writer for PL, artist, DFS enthusiast, and occasional Yankee fan. Once won a GPP with Henderson Alvarez. A proprietor of the Ketel Marte Fan Club. Appreciates walks but only of the base on ball variety.

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