Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From The Wild Card Games

Through the playoffs, we’ll be featuring 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 after each round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half Contest. 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 – Chapman knows how to end games with an exclamation point and he did just that to punch the New York ticket into the ALDS. The final pitch of the game was this blistering 103.7mph Fastball that would overpower anyone in the world.

Jose Berrios’ Fastball + Curveball – While Berrios’ final line wasn’t pretty, these two pitches to Todd Frazier were as gorgeous as they come. Starting in the same place each time, Berrios made one pitch dart over the plate at 96mph, while following that up with the same starting location, only to curl off the plate at 85mph. Incredible.

Zack Greinke’s Changeup – Greinke was looking on top of his game before it fell apart in the fourth, with this Changeup to Carlos Gonzalez suggesting that the Dbacks ace was settling in for an easy night in Arizona. The camera angle doesn’t do it justice as it started on the plate before fading off the corner.

Zack Greinke’s Curveball – We couldn’t hold back another Greinke pitch as he also dropped a fine looking Curveball to Nolan Arenado in the third inning. While it hung a little bit, it’s movement and change of velocity (down to 76) forced the slugger to swing right through the hook. 

David Robertson’s Curveball – The Yankee pen was the star of the show on Tuesday night and Robertson left the game to a standing ovation after powering through 3.1 scoreless frames. He threw over 50% Curveballs in his appearance, with our favorite being this offering to Jason Castro as the pitch fell across the entire strikezone.

GIF Of The Night

Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the Second Half Contest.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Rotographs and Washington Post contributor and has worked with CBS Sports, Grantland, and SB Nation. Former pitching coach and Brandeis alum.


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