At Pitcher List, we love nasty pitches. We review the dirtiest of the dirty after every day of games where our readers vote on their favorite. Each week, there are plenty of pitches that don't get the love they deserve and here at Korked we're going to take a look at these underappreciated pitches and understand why they deserve your love.
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1. Ubaldo Jimenez's Splitter
After being the bane of Orioles fans existence for most of the season, Jimenez has proven himself of his contract as he returned to the rotation at the start of September, posting a 2.86 ERA in his four starts. The difference has been the amount of depth on his Splitter, which is simply falling off the table to batters left-and-right. Watch this pitch start at Xander Bogaerts' hip before falling into the dirt. Crazy good.
2. Justin Verlander's Curveball
Verlander was written off by many entering this season, calling his second half more of a fluke than a proper return to stardom. After struggling in April, the Tigers ace has been incredibly dominant start to start, allowing 2 ER or fewer in 20 of his 26 outings since May 8th. He's been breaking off his vicious Curveball through the stretch and reminded Carlos Santana what it's like to face a pitcher when he is on.
3. Noah Syndergaard's Slider
Remember back at the start of the year when we all freaked out over Noah Syndergaard throwing a 95mph Slider? He rarely touched that number again as we settled for 92-93 instead - a very reasonable compromise - but he turned up the dial once again this week in the first inning of his start against Atlanta. The rest of the game didn't go nearly as well as the opening frame, but at least we have this 95mph filth to hold onto forever.
4. Ervin Santana's Fastball
Far and away the ace of the Twins staff is Ervin Santana, who has been simply killing it during the second half. He continued his success against the Tigers on Thursday night and got off to a great start by fanning Jose Iglesias with this beautiful Two-Seamer that ran well inside for the strikeout.
5. Johnny Cueto's Changeup
It's well known that Johnny Cueto loves to mess with hitters' timing. He does his variety of shimmies, altered leg kicks, spins, and whipped out a classic quick pitch against Chase Utley in an important game against the rival Dodgers. The result was a Changeup with beautiful fade down-and-away that forced Utley to spin in front of the plate after a frivolous swing.