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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Aug 18, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes (39) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes (39) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /

Cutter: Corbin Burnes & Freddie Freeman

Corbin Burnes comes in with the third-best pitch in baseball with his cutter, having a run value of -20. As his main fastball, Burnes throws his cutter 56.1% of the time and hitters are only hitting it for a .201 batting average. His cutter is responsible for 84 of his 190 strikeouts, the most of any in his pitch arsenal.

As for Freddie Freeman, let’s just say that throwing him a cutter isn’t a good idea. He only sees cutters in 9.1% of plate appearances but, when he hits them, he hits for a ridiculous .668 wOBA. While this isn’t Freeman’s best pitch by Run Value, it’s the best year he’s had vs cutters in his career.

Freeman and Burnes have faced off twice this year. Freeman was 1-for-3 with a single of the cutter in their first matchup and 1-for-2 in their second matchup.