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


1. Tyler Glasnow's Changeup

There have been big expectations for Tyler Glasnow as he's made his way to the majors, but his overall command has been lacking, rendering plenty of disappointing appearances. The lanky right-hander is adjusting, though, and has begun to incorporate an improved Changeup into the mix, which was executed at its best in this start against the Reds. Watch the pitch look just like an outside heater until the last moment, falling under Zack Cozart's bat for the strikeout.

2. Rick Porcello's Fastball

There's something soothing about watching a Fastball zoom straight to the catcher's mitt, freezing a batter in the process. Rick Porcello has had his fair share of struggles to kick off the 2017 season, but he showed up in a big way against the Orioles making quality pitches like the one above to Chris Davis. Sit back and relax as you watch its perfection on loop more times than you'd like to admit.

3. JC Ramirez's Curveball

After the Los Angeles Angels lost Garrett Richards for an indefinite amount of time, it seemed no one could fill the void the hard thrower right-hander left. However, JC Ramirez has been a very welcome surprise, boasting 25 strikeouts over his last three starts. Even Elvis Andrus could appreciate how well Ramirez was pitching against the Rangers, nodding in approval as he was badly fooled by this sweet Curveball for strike three.

4. Matt Bowman's Fastball

Out of the gate, Matt Bowman looked like one of the sturdiest relievers for the Cardinals in 2017, failing to allow a run in his first 11 appearances. It has been a bit rockier since, but he was called on to get out of a tough jam Thursday night against the Brew Crew and got the job done with a beautiful Fastball to Jett Bandy. Watch the pitch begin right along the inside corner before riding well inside and away from the backstop's bat.

5. Taylor Rogers' Curveball

Despite a 4.15 ERA for the season, Rogers has been a dependable arm out of the pen for the Twins, allowing ER in just two of his twelve evenings on the hill. His favorite putaway pitch is this sweeping Curveball that never seems to end. This pitch to Yonder Alonso starts in the middle of the plate before fading far, far away from the plate to collect the first out of the seventh.

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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