The 9 Nastiest Pitches from Wednesday

Wednesday's best across Major League Baseball.

Every morning, the We Love Baseball crew reviews the Nastiest Pitches from the previous day’s games. If you see something you think should be included here be sure to tweet @PitcherList to let us know. Or, if you’re a PL+ member, and part of our Discord, shout it out in the Nastiest Pitches channel.


Kyle Bradish’s Curveball



Kyle Bradish appears to have not missed a step in his return from an elbow injury that delayed the start of his season. Through two starts Bradish has allowed only two earned runs while striking out 14. He got the Nationals’ Luis Garcia to swing over the top of a great breaking ball here.


Dylan Cease’s Knuckle-Curve



Dylan Cease improved upon an already strong start to the season on Wednesday, striking out a season-high 12. He struck out the side in his final inning of work and made poor Cody Bellinger look foolish.


Chris Sale’s Slider



Chris Sale faced his former team Wednesday evening and triumphed in the reunion. Sale struck out 10 over six shutout innings as Atlanta cruised to a victory.


Gavin Stone’s Changeup



The Dodgers sent Gavin Stone to the hill on Wednesday looking to sweep the lowly Marlins. Stone did his part over seven strong innings as the Dodgers would emerge with the sweep and win their seventh straight. Stone tallied four Ks and got Jake Burger on a nice change.


Chris Bassitt’s Curveball



The Blue Jays entered Wednesday losing five of their last six and looked to veteran Chris Bassitt to turn the tide. He did just that, limiting the Phillies to just a pair of runs over his six and a third innings, and Toronto produced just enough offense to edge out the 5-3 victory. Bassitt struck out six and put away Edmundo Sosa on a great curve.


José Soriano’s Knuckle-Curve



The Angels’ José Soriano was tasked with the start on Wednesday as the righty has seen time this year as both a starter and reliever. He notched four shutout innings before running into trouble in the fifth, allowing four runs in the frame. He did strike out six and tied up Conner Joe on a great fourth-inning breaking ball.


Brady Singer’s Sinker



Wednesday marked Brady Singer’s 100th career start and the Royals’ right-hander continued his strong 2024 with another win. He struck out four and may have had a bit of help here on a sinker that looked to be just outside of the zone.


Chris Paddack’s Curveball



Always a great source of strikeouts, the Mariners punched out another 13 times in Minneapolis on Wednesday, with Chris Paddack recording 10 of those. Just one came on a breaker, but it was a great one to get Mitch Haniger.


Cody Bolton’s Sinker



Mariners’ reliever Cody Bolton struck out a pair in his lone inning of work in Seattle’s 6-3 loss. Both of his strikeouts came on upper 90s sinkers and he got way in on Carlos Correa here to tie up the Twins shortstop.


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Photos courtesy of Icon Sportswire. Adapted by Kurt Wasemiller (@KUWasemiller on Twitter / @kurt_player02 on Instagram)

Colin McCusker

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

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