The 8 Nastiest Pitches from Thursday

Breaking down the nastiest pitches from Thursday, June 3rd.

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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Devin Williams‘ Changeup




A common theme of these nastiest pitch articles is a Devin Williams changeup. This one was an absolute beauty fading down and away causing a very awkward swing by Josh Rojas to send him back to the dugout.


Tejay Antone’s Curveball




Another dominant relief outing for Tejay Antone took place on Thursday with two strong innings, preserving the Reds’ one-run lead. Here we see him break out one of many nasty curveballs on the night, this one breaking down and in to send Matt Carpenter down swinging.


Gerrit Cole’s Knuckle-Curveball




Gerrit Cole did not have himself his usual outing allowing five runs in five innings of work, but as usual, he did have his fair share of nasty pitches. This knuckle-curveball came after a similar nasty pitch, bouncing down in the dirt and sending Joey Wendle down swinging. (H/T to PL+ member AnOldWoodenShippy).


Yu Darvish’s Two-Seam Fastball




Yu Darvish had many options of pitches to be put in this article from his outing on Thursday. However, this two-seamer bearing outside causing an awkward swing and miss from Francisco Lindor for the first strikeout of the day was the tops.


Josh Hader’s Slider




Wrapping up the game on Thursday, Josh Hader came in and picked up his 13th save of the season. As part of that save he recorded three strikeouts, including this slider which Stephen Vogt flailed at to finish off the game.


Lance Lynn’s Cutter




Lance Lynn battled through for six strong one-run innings on Thursday, with a 26% CSW. Through six innings he recorded six strikeouts, including this perfectly located cutter to get Jake Rogers down swinging to escape a bases-loaded jam in the second inning.


Lucas Sims‘ Curveball




Lucas Sims finished off his two-inning save on Thursday with this slow-moving curveball to get Tommy Edman out in front as one of the two strikeouts he had, finishing off Cincinnati’s 4-2 win.


Ryan Yarbrough’s Changeup




Ryan Yarbrough threw a complete game on Sunday, allowing only two runs, both homers, with a 31% CSW. One of these strikeouts helped the Rays escape a jam in a one-run game at the time, as Yarbrough perfectly located a changeup down and away as Miguel Andújar swung right through it to preserve the lead.


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Callen Elslager

Callen is a law school student at Widener Law Commonwealth. When he doesn't have his head in the books studying law he can be found with his head in a Fangraphs or Baseball Savant page learning more about the sport he loves.

One response to “The 8 Nastiest Pitches from Thursday”

  1. DB says:

    I know you prefer twitter, but I don’t.

    Just going to drop the fact that Scherzer’s 99th pitch on 6/6 was absolute FILTH. Forget the fact that it was in the 8th in a game where the Phils put up one run, and just watch the mastery.

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