Top 5 Nastiest Pitches You Missed This Week - May 12th

1. Stephen Strasburg's Changeup

The Orioles had their way with Stephen Strasburg over the full outing, but looking past the five earned runs were nine strikeouts as Strasburg used all of his pitches to miss plenty of bats. His Changeup was on point, like this offering to Manny Machado that started in the heart of the plate before diving into the dirt. When you take into consideration that this is 91mph - essentially an average Fastball - you'll begin to recognize how absurd the movement on this pitch is. There is really nothing you can do.

2. Carlos Martinez's Fastball

This pitch from Carlos Martinez has a little bit of everything. First is the velocity at a blistering 99mph that is hard to hit no matter where it's placed. Then there's the movement as it featured a slight tail at the end going away from Derek Dietrich. Mix that with absolute paint of the outside corner and you have a Fastball as nasty as you'll ever see. The best part might be the end, though, as Martinez gives us a strut we all wish we could pull off.

3. Felipe Rivero's Slider

Felipe Rivero may not be well known outside of Pittsburgh and fans from his former home in DC, but you might be seeing him often this year as he's equipped with one deadly slide piece. Check out this pitch that silenced one of the bigger bats of the year in Eric Thames, who couldn't resist giving a hack to a Slider that never stops bending off the plate. Keep in mind, this pitch started along the inside corner before sweeping into the opposite batter's box.

4. A.J. Griffin's Curveball

A.J. Griffin had himself a day against the Padres, collecting a complete game shutout and fanning four Friars along the way. You might not expect much as you watch Griffin pitch, but even at his low velocity he's able to generate some legitimate filth. His ultra-slow Curveball is a prime example, earning a ton of vertical drop and inducing a huge whiff from Manuel Margot. I dare you to find a better pitch at 67mph.

5. Joe Smith's Slider

With his odd delivery and low release point, Joe Smith is able to do crazy things to a baseball. By coming across his body as he hurls the ball to the plate, his pitches get extra horizontal movement, allowing fun moments like this one to Jesus Sucre. THis pitch was headed for Sucre's hip before darting back over the plate in a heartbeat, stunning the Rays' catcher for the called strike three.

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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