The MLB All-Star Game has been characterized by outstanding pitching in recent years. With strikeouts up across both leagues and pitchers throwing harder and sharper pitches than ever to miss bats, the midsummer classic has transformed into more of a showcase for pitchers than hitters.
The lineups will be intimidating at first glance, but it is the rundown of pitchers for each roster that gets fans drooling. This year the National League had the unbelievable duo of Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw to go along with two fireball-throwing closers in Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman.
On the American League side the rundown of starting pitchers was scary good as well: Felix Hernandez, Jon Lester, Yu Darvish, Max Scherzer, and Chris Sale were just the first five guys to take the mound. There’s a lot of filthy pitches to go around in that group.
While there were a couple offensive outbursts on both sides in the American League’s 5-3 victory over the National League on Tuesday night, there was still plenty of pitching to celebrate as well. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the nastiest pitches of the night, in GIF form.
The criteria: the pitch in question had to be strike three, it may or may not have come in a high leverage situation, and it is included on this list because I said so. Let’s proceed.