The Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half Tournament: FINAL ROUND

November 11, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

We've seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you've been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half. We just completed Round 3 yesterday and here are the results:

Aroldis Chapman's Fastball (60.9%) defeated Steven Wright's Knuckleball (39.1%) - Review

Masahiro Tanaka's Fastball (62.2%) defeated Aaron Sanchez's Fastball (37.8%) - Review

As we enter the final round, here's a quick reminder of the rules:

The Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half Tournament: ROUND 3

November 10, 2016 | GIFs of the Week

We've seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you've been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half. We completed Round 1 Tuesday and Round 2 yesterday and here are the results:

Aroldis Chapman's 103mph Fastball (66.4%) defeated Andrew Miller's Slider (33.6%) - Review

Steven Wright's Knuckleball (78.7%) defeated Sergio Romo's Slider (21.3%) - Review

Aaron Sanchez's Fastball (51.9%) defeated Yu Darvish's Slider (48.1%) - Review

Masahiro Tanaka's Fastball (69.2%) defeated Rich Hill's Curveball (30.8%) - Review

As we enter Round 3, here's a quick reminder of the rules:

- All GIFs were pulled from the twelve GIF of the Week competitions during the second half of the season and the postseason.

- Every winner was granted an automatic bid.

- The remaining pitches were editorial choices that we felt deserved a spot in the tournament.

- Votes will last until 8:00am EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 10:00am every morning and final round beginning on Friday morning. The winner will be revealed Monday morning next week.

Take a look at the contest's beautifully hand-drawn bracket updated for Round 3:

Click the link below to start voting!

 

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The Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half Tournament: ROUND 2

November 09, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

We've seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you've been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half. We just completed Round 1 yesterday and here are the results:

Aroldis Chapman's 103mph Fastball (87.8%) defeated Aroldis Chapman's 104mph Fastball (12.2%) - Review

Andrew Miller's Slider (65.8%) defeated Corey Kluber's Curveball (34.2%) - Review

Sergio Romo's Slider (67.1%) defeated Chaz Roe's Slider (32.9%) - Review

Steven Wright's Knuckleball (75.7%) defeated Jose Fernandez's Changeup (24.3%) - Review

Aaron Sanchez's NYY Fastball (78.7%) defeated Aaron Sanchez's BOS Fastball (21.3%) - Review

Yu Darvish's Slider (80.3%) defeated Wade Davis' Cutter (19.7%) - Review

Rich Hill's Curveball (69.2%) defeated Kenta Maeda's Slider (30.8%) - Review

Masahiro Tanaka's Fastball (75.3%) defeated Jeurys Familia's Fastball (24.7%) - Review

As we enter Round 2, here's a quick reminder of the rules:

- All GIFs were pulled from the twelve GIF of the Week competitions during the second half of the season and the postseason.

- Every winner was granted an automatic bid.

- The remaining pitches were editorial choices that we felt deserved a spot in the tournament.

- Votes will last until 8:00am EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 10:00am every morning and final round beginning on Friday morning. The winner will be revealed Monday morning next week.

Take a look at the contest's beautifully hand-drawn bracket updated for Round 2:

Click the link below to start voting!

 

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The Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half Tournament

November 08, 2016 | GIFs of the Week

We've seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you've been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half. Sixteen pitches will enter, who will win?

Here's are the rules:

- All GIFs were pulled from the twelve GIF of the Week competitions during the second half of the season and the postseason.

- Every winner was granted an automatic bid.

- The remaining pitches were editorial choices that we felt deserved a spot in the tournament.

- Votes will last until 8:00am EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 10:00am every morning and final round beginning on Friday morning. The winner will be revealed Monday morning next week.

Take a look at the contest's beautifully hand-drawn bracket:

Click the link below to start voting!

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Aroldis Chapman's Fastball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From The Entire Postseason

November 06, 2016 | GIFs of the Week

Every week we review the nastiest pitches from the previous week in glorious HD GIFs. With the playoffs completed set, we're reviewing all of the nastiest pitches from the entire postseason. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

Aroldis Chapman's Fastball - We saw Chapman feature some unreal ride with his 104mph Fastball at the end of the regular season, but he's back with a 103 mph heater that might have even more horizontal bend that secured a win for the Cubs. This is just crazy at definitively triple digits.

Aroldis Chapman's Slider + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From The World Series

November 04, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

Every week we review the nastiest pitches from the previous week in glorious HD GIFs. With the World Series now set, we're reviewing all of the nastiest pitches thus far across the League Championship Series. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

Aroldis Chapman's Slider - Chapman has been stealing many of the highlights during the Cubs' playoff run and last night was no different. He only threw one Slider in his entire relief appearance, but it was an absolute filthy one to Coco Crisp. If you're wondering how you're supposed to hit that, the answer is simple. You don't.

Carl Edwards Jr.'s Cutter + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Game 7 of the World Series

November 03, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day's games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back at the end of the first round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

Carl Edwards Jr.'s Cutter - It was a brief appearance for Edwards in the 10th, but he got himself a Game 7 strikeout with this gorgeous 95mph Cutter that started along the outside corner before darting off the plate to Mike Napoli. 

Jake Arrieta's Slider/Fastball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Game 6 of the World Series

November 02, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day's games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back at the end of the first round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

Jake Arrieta's Slider + Fastball - This is how you pitch. Arrieta tossed an excellent 0-1 Slider to Roberto Perez to get the Indians' catcher swing-and-miss, making Perez cautious of whiffing on the same pitch with two strikes. Arrieta's next pitch came out looking just like another Slider in the same spot, making Perez give up on the pitch early, only for the ball to travel back toward the plate at 94mph for the backwards K. Beautiful stuff.

John Lackey's Fastball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From This Weekend's World Series Games

October 31, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day's games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back at the end of the first round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

John Lackey's Fastball - The night didn't go as planned for Lackey as he allowed 3 Runs across five innings of work. Still, he managed to get a ton of horizontal movement on his heater as he lowered his arm-angle often. Just check out this Fastball that travelled across the entire plate for a strike against Rajai Davis.

On The Corner Podcast: Episode 16 - Super Early SP Rankings

October 28, 2016 | On The Corner Podcast

The latest episode of the Pitcher List Podcast "On The Corner" is live! Join Nick Pollack and Alex Fast for Episode #16 as they talk about everything inside the pitching world of Fantasy Baseball.

Thanks to the awesome Spencer Snyder for the fantastic theme music!

Here are the timestamps for Episode #16:

Aroldis Chapman's Slider + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Game 2 of the World Series

October 27, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day's games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back at the end of the first round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

Aroldis Chapman's Slider - CHapman has been stealing many of the highlights during the Cubs' playoff run and last night was no different. He only threw one Slider in his entire relief appearance, but it was an absolute filthy one to Coco Crisp. If you're wondering how you're supposed to hit that, the answer is simple. You don't.

Corey Kluber's Fastball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Game 1 of the World Series

October 26, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day's games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back at the end of the first round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

Corey Kluber's Fastball - Kluber put on a clinic with his Two-Seam Fastball last night, demolishing left-handers and right-handers alike with the pitch as he would pinpoint its location glove-side. He struck out Dexter Fowler to lead off the game and went back to the pitch in the next at-bat to fan the outfielder with a pitch that traveled across the entire plate.

The List Super Early 2017 Edition: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers For 2017

October 25, 2016 | The List

During the regular season I update "The List" every Monday where I rank the current value of the Top 100 pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the season. These rankings are used to help understand what to expect from pitchers for ROS and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues.

Now that the 2016 regular season ended three weeks ago, it's time to look ahead at 2017. Before we begin, there are a few things to note:

- These are not the official PitcherList SP Rankings for 2017. I haven't had the time to do in-depth research for each starter yet and those rankings will come out in early February. 

- Treat this Top 100 List as a general understanding of where my thoughts are regarding certain pitchers as the season came to an end. In other words, this will illuminate pitchers that I'm pretty sure I will be high on or other guys I'm sure to avoid in drafts, but shouldn't be used as a fixed drafting tool yet.

- It will also help show players that may have been forgotten in the mix of the season or had injuries that impacted their 2016 value.

- There are plenty of pitchers that will shift in the rankings in the new year when we know more information, such as the injury situations of Tyson Ross and Matt Harvey and rotation situations of guys like Jose De LeonAlex Reyesand Nate Karns. 

- To reiterate, I expect these rankings to change quite a bit come February, but this is a nice a little preview of what's to come.

Let's get a sneak peek at what's to expect in our 2017 drafts:

Brian Shaw's Cutter + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From The Second Round of the Playoffs

October 24, 2016 | GIFs of the Week

Every week we review the nastiest pitches from the previous week in glorious HD GIFs. With the World Series now set, we're reviewing all of the nastiest pitches thus far across the League Championship Series. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

Bryan Shaw's Cutter - Up there with Zach Britton, Kenley Jansen, and Joe Musgrove is Shaw's Cutter that moves a heck of a lot at 95mph. And even with all of this movement, it's still a strike. So good.

Kyle Hendricks' Changeup + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From NLCS Game 6

October 24, 2016 | GIFs of the Night

Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day's games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back at the end of the first round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we'll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

 

Kyle Hendricks' Changeup - When it comes to Hendricks, our favorite pitch to watch is his Changeup that looks identical to his Fastball but with more fade and slower velocity. Corey Seager was fooled badly by this slow ball as it started looking like a spotted Fastball on the corner before falling far away from his bat. Beautiful pitch.

THE LIST

Rank Change Player
1 Clayton Kershaw
2 Max Scherzer
3 Madison Bumgarner
4 Noah Syndergaard
5 Chris Sale
6 Corey Kluber
7 Justin Verlander
8 Stephen Strasburg
9 Jacob DeGrom
10 Jake Arrieta
11 Yu Darvish
12 Jon Lester
13 Johnny Cueto
14 David Price
15 Carlos Carrasco
16 Kyle Hendricks
17 Danny Salazar
18 Chris Archer
19 Jose Quintana
20 Masahiro Tanaka
21 Matt Harvey
22 Zack Greinke
23 Danny Duffy
24 Rich Hill
25 Cole Hamels
26 Aaron Sanchez
27 Carlos Martinez
28 Rick Porcello
29 Aaron Nola
30 Garrett Richards
31 Steven Matz
32 Jameson Taillon
33 Michael Fulmer
34 Drew Pomeranz
35 Lance McCullers
36 James Paxton
37 Julio Urias
38 Vincent Velasquez
39 Marco Estrada
40 Gerrit Cole
41 Sean Manaea
42 Felix Hernandez
43 Kenta Maeda
44 John Lackey
45 Carlos Rodon
46 J.A. Happ
47 David Phelps
48 Kevin Gausman
49 Zack Wheeler
50 Tanner Roark
51 Alex Cobb
52 Joe Ross
53 Jerad Eickhoff
54 Julio Teheran
55 Anthony DeSclafani
56 Alex Reyes
57 Joe Musgrove
58 Sonny Gray
59 Steven Wright
60 Dallas Keuchel
61 Marcus Stroman
62 Ian Kennedy
63 Robbie Ray
64 Dylan Bundy
65 Hisashi Iwakuma
66 Matt Shoemaker
67 Daniel Norris
68 Luke Weaver
69 Jason Hammel
70 Matt Moore
71 Gio Gonzalez
72 Jon Gray
73 Drew Smyly
74 Blake Snell
75 Taijuan Walker
76 Jake Odorizzi
77 Junior Guerra
78 Jose De Leon
79 Lance Lynn
80 Michael Pineda
81 Tyler Skaggs
82 Jharel Cotton
83 Ervin Santana
84 Jeremy Hellickson
85 Adam Wainwright
86 Chris Tillman
87 Tyler Anderson
88 Trevor Bauer
89 Ivan Nova
90 Zach Davies
91 Jeff Samardzija
92 Yordano Ventura
93 Adam Conley
94 Jordan Zimmermann
95 Tyson Ross
96 Eduardo Rodriguez
97 Collin McHugh
98 Bartolo Colon
99 Mike Foltynewicz
100 Jose Fernandez