The 8 Nastiest Pitches From Tuesday

Changeups and sliders dominate this edition of Nastiest Pitches

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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Huascar Ynoa’s Four Seam Fastball




Huascar Ynoa drove in more runs than he allowed Tuesday as the 22-year-old hit a grand slam in the sixth to put Atlanta up 6-0. Ynoa recorded four strikeouts on the evening and painted this 98 mph four-seamer on the outside corner to freeze Josh Bell.


Aaron Nola’s Sinker




Aaron Nola is as steady as they come and turned in another strong performance on Tuesday. He allowed one run over his six innings of work, tallying ten strikeouts along the way. His penultimate strikeout came on this nasty front door sinker that froze Jackie Bradley Jr.


Domingo German’s Changeup




The Astros returned to a chorus of boos at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday as Domingo German took the hill against the Astros’ crafty Zack Greinke. Neither pitcher lasted long into the game, with Greinke and German lasting four and five innings, respectively. German did pick up six Ks, including this one against Kyle Tucker to end the second. (h/t to PL+ member pj20)


Blake Treinen’s Slider




After being blown out in game one of the doubleheader, the Dodgers looked to salvage the nightcap until a long home run by Javier Baez extended the game. The Cubs would walk off the next inning. Blake Treinen did his part to battle out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and got Anthony Rizzo to chase a sharp slider below the zone. (h/t to PL+ member Christopher Reeves)


Justin Lawrence’s Slider




The Giants and Rockies also participated in a doubleheader Tuesday, and the Giants seemed to enjoy their time in the thin Colorado air putting up 18 runs across the two seven-inning contests. Brandon Belt had a homer in each game, but Justin Lawrence got the better of him here with a fantastic backdoor slider. (h/t to PL+ member bustercat)


J.P. Feyereisen’s Changeup




Everyone knows of Devin Williams’ changeup in Milwaukee, but fellow Brewer J.P. Feyereisen has an elite changeup as well. He currently holds a whiff rate of 60% on the pitch. He added to that total here as he made J.T. Realmuto look silly on a changeup with a ton of vertical drop.


Dylan Cease’s Slider




Dylan Cease dominated the Reds’ lineup, accumulating eleven strikeouts across six shutout innings. Cease was in control from the start, not allowing any hard contact and carrying a 37% CSW. He took down one of the hottest hitters in baseball as he got Nick Castellanos to chase a slider out of the zone in the first.


Sandy Alcantara’s Changeup




Sandy Alcantara’s changeup often finds its way into Nastiest Pitches as the offering averages 92 mph with elite vertical movement. It’s no mystery why he has a 40% whiff rate on the pitch. Of his six strikeouts on Tuesday, four came off the changeup, including this one to David Peralta to end the third.


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Colin McCusker

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

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