The Nastiest Pitches Of Week 4 – Which Pitch Gets Your Vote?

We compile the Nastiest Pitches every day and at the end of the week, you can vote for your favorite pitch of the week.

Every week we review the nastiest pitches from the previous week in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back Saturday to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half Contest. Week 3’s winner was Adam Ottavino’s Slider.

Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

This was my favorite week of the season so far for nasty pitches! Will Blake Treinen’s Slider win out this week? Or will it be Noah Syndegaard’s Sinker? Maybe Blake Snell’s Curveball? It’s tough to pick just one, but vote now and check back next week to see which pitch carried the week.

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Chaz Roe’s Slider – The 31-year-old is getting a ridiculous 12.5 inches of horizontal break on this pitch so far, which is up from 2017’s 9.8 (the average righty sits at roughly 2.8 inches). That’s so awe-inspiring, even his catcher couldn’t track it—at least not on this offering to Philadelphia’s Scott Kingery.

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Zack Greinke’s Eephus – Greinke broke out this 70 MPH eephus pitch against an unsuspecting Rhys Hoskins.  It was a bit like an illusion – appearing as if the ball went right through the bat but you are going to have a hard time making contact with that much vertical movement.

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Jose Berrios’ Curveball – This pitch was so nasty that Twins catcher Mitch Garver was unable to handle it, allowing Neil Walker to reach base safely. While Walker is certainly glad to be on base, I’m sure he’s happier to not have to see that curveball anymore.

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Carlos Carrasco’s Curveball – Chance Sisco?  Rather ironic since there was no chance he was going to hit this pitch.  This perfect Carrasco curveball seemed to float over the zone before diving down an in on a helpless Sisco.

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Blake Treinen’s Slider – The Oakland closer treated Boston’s hitters like children in ending Sunday’s 4-1 win with a 1.2-inning save. He featured an unfair 98 mph sinker to strike out Rafael Devers to start the ninth, and he finished the inning prior with this diving slider to first baseman Mitch Moreland.

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Blake Snell’s Curveball – ‘Snell you later!’ is probably not what Blake Snell said to Eddie Rosario when he fanned him with this nasty curveball, but it may as well have been.

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Noah Syndergaard’s Sinker – Sure, this Thor sinker came against opposing pitcher Sean Newcomb, but that doesn’t make the movement or 97 mph velocity any less impressive. And it’s not like anyone other than the Braves starter would’ve looked less resigned while flailing away and trudging back to the dugout.

GIF Of The Week

Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Half Contest.

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Max Posner

Max is a NYC born student living in Baltimore, MD. He enjoys the Yankees, overanalyzing, and asking lots of questions.

3 responses to “The Nastiest Pitches Of Week 4 – Which Pitch Gets Your Vote?”

  1. Nick says:

    Great work on this column, keep them coming! These are so much fun to enjoy.

  2. Southern Marylander says:

    I need to take a shower after all that filthy.

    I wish we had catcher’s eye views of these pitches. It would be simultaneously terrifying and enthralling to see the movement without center field camera distortion. That Syndergaard pitch looks like it’s gonna paint the outside corner, then just nopes out of there.

  3. MIKE says:

    BWE Glossary= best website ever…

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