MLB’s best pitches (and the best hitters against them)

May 17, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease (84) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
May 17, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease (84) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /
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Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals
May 26, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /

Curveball: Adam Wainwright & Austin Riley

We head to the National League here as Adam Wainwright continues to dominate with his curveball with a Run Value of -12. It’s his most common pitch at 30.8% and is responsible for 51 of his 126 Ks. His whiff rate of 27.2% is easily the best of his pitch arsenal.

The best hitter vs curveballs is Atlanta’s Austin Riley. Coming in with a Run Value of 14 on curves. This is almost more impressive as he only sees curveballs 8.1% of the time. When he sees them, though, he crushes them for a .556 wOBA, higher than Judge against 4-seamers. It’s the pitch he’s got the highest whiff rate against (38.4%) but when he gets a hold of it he reallygets it.

Wainwright and Riley have not faced off against each other this season.