Top 5 Nastiest Pitches You Missed This Week - June 9th

1. Joakim Soria's Curveball

Joakim Soria had himself an inning for the books against the Astros on Thursday night, fanning the likes of Alex Bregman and George Springer en route to striking out the side in the eighth inning. He started off the frame by sitting down Bregman with this Curveball that falls from above his head before floating into the zone for strike three. Imagine how hard it is to pull the trigger when the ball is at eye-level.

2. Matt Harvey's Fastball

Even with all of his struggles this season as he returns from surgery curing his Thoracic Outlet Syndrome,  Matt Harvey gave us a gift against the Pirates with this sweet heater to Andrew McCutchen. Showcasing precise command is sure to get my excited, especially when it's paired with 96mph velocity. I think I've watched this GIF on Loop a good 15 times by now and that slow-motion shot gets me every single time.

3. Carlos Carrasco's Changeup

Normally when we feature Changeups, they come in the form of pitches dropping off a cliff, or featuring more horizontal movement than any pitch has any right to have. The pitch above from Carlos Carrasco is a different mold as its late dip is more of a sneaky trick than a massive blow. Its effectiveness lies in that deceit, though, where it looks like a Two-Seam Fastball for so long before pulling back the curtain to reveal a pitch falling five inches more and at a slower velocity. Very well executed from Carrasco just off the plate down-and-away, and Mike Moustakas was dead to rights.

4. Mark Melancon's Cutter

When Mark Melancon is able to control his Cutter, it's game over - quite literally. He earned his first out against the Brewers this week by freezing Korean God Eric Thames with a backdoor Cutter that is an absolute perfect 0-2 pitch. It's questionable if this pitch is actually a strike, making it the ideal offering, and its subtle movement to nip the outside corner at the last moment is just so elegant.

5. Kelvin Herrera's Fastball

For the second time this week, we're going to highlight a Royals reliever, here with Herrera who threw some serious cheddar to Carlos Correa. Not only is lighting up the 99mph gun impressive, but it's the location of this pitch right at the knees paired with a boatload of movement that makes our jaw drop. Keep watching the replay and you'll see the ball travel from the other side of the plate to its final spot in Salvador Perez's glove.

Nick Pollack is the founder of and contributor for The Washington Post. He can be found making an excessive amount of pitching GIFs on Twitter @ThePitcherList.

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