The 9 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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Chris Bassitt’s Sinker




As an Oakland A’s fan, I really miss watching Chris Bassitt’s domination in the green and white. The Athletics’ loss is the Mets’ gain, and Bassitt was terrific once again yesterday. This fantastic 94 mph two-seam fastball starting outside before jelly-legging Nolan Arenado is as good as they come.


Yu Darvish’s Knuckle-Curveball




The high-flying Padres took on the Phillies in what turned out to be the pitching duel of the day between Kyle Gibson and Yu Darvish. Darvish was at his devilish best, this sumptuous x mph knuckle-curve fooling infielder Johan Camargo.


Cal Quantrill’s Changeup




Cal Quantrill has been excellent for the Cleveland Guardians so far this season and today he consistently put himself ahead in the count and followed up with aggressive pitches. This ripping 84 mph changeup was way too good for Tommy Pham.


Tyler Mahle’s Slider




Tyler Mahle recorded his 13th straight out thanks to this beautiful 83 mph hard slider to make Austin Hedges look a bit silly with the bat. Something to cheer about Reds fans!


Joey Krehbiel’s Cutter




Baltimore Orioles reliever Joey Krehbiel is a lot of fun to watch on the mound – he certainly got the Yankees all hot and bothered as Anthony Rizzo was ejected after this at-bat, which ended with this vicious 88 mph cutter inside. Nice!


Jorge López’s Knuckle-Curveball




After Krehbiel got into a little trouble with the final out in the eighth inning, the Orioles rolled in closer Jorge López, who produced a beauty to fell Aaron Hicks – a textbook 84 mph knuckle-curve.


Edwin Díaz’s Four-Seam Fastball




Well, you know you are always going to get fireworks with Edwin Díaz! The Mets closer has generally been sensational this year, but he was erratic and unpredictable in this outing. Still, I couldn’t resist this 101 mph heater that just kissed the top corner of Tommy Edman’s strike zone for the K! Wowsers!


Framber Valdez’s Curveball




Death, taxes, and Framber Valdez curveballs! The Houston lefty was on song against the Rangers as he dominated through seven strong innings, registering seven strikeouts and allowing just one run. This slow 80 mph curve had Eli White bamboozled.


Marcus Stroman’s Slider




Marcus Stroman had a strong outing against the Diamondbacks but received little run support and slumped to his fourth loss of the season. Stroman registered six Ks and five of those were thanks to his elite slider. This 86 mph disappearing slider accounted for Christian Walker.


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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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