The Filthiest Pitches in Major League Baseball

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2009

The Filthiest Pitches in Major League Baseball

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 18, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets won the game 1-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty

Best Four-Seam Fastball: Felix Hernandez

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 23:  Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners deals a pitch against the New York Mets on June 23, 2008 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Best Two-Seam Fastball: Jake Peavy

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Jake Peavy #44 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Best Changeup: Johan Santana

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 29:  Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Florida Marlins on April 29, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Marlins defeated the Mets 4-3.  (Photo by Ji

Best Curveball: Tim Lincecum

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    SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 07:  Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season on April 7, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty

Best Knuckle Curve: Roy Halladay

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    NEW YORK _ JUNE 3:  Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch during the game against the New York Yankees on June 3, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Best Slider: Francisco Rodriguez

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 29:  Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Florida Marlins on April 29, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Marlins defeated the Mets 4-3.  (Photo

Best Sinker: Brandon Webb

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    PHOENIX - APRIL 06:  Starting pitcher Brandon Webb #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the MLB openning day game at Chase Field on April 6, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 9-8. (Phot

Best Splitter: Jonathan Papelbon

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    NEW YORK - MAY 04:  Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after getting the final out of the game with the bases loaded against the New York Yankees on May 4, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Red Sox defeated

Best Cutter: Mariano Rivera

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Mariano Rivera #42 of The New York Yankees pitches against The Oakland Athletics during their game on April 22, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Best Knuckleball: Tim Wakefield

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    BOSTON - OCTOBER 14:  Starting pitcher Tim Wakefield #49 of the Boston Red Sox delivers against the Tampa Bay Rays in game four of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 14, 2008 in Boston, Massachus
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