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 this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First 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.
Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball – It’s too easy to talk about Kershaw these days as he’s definitively the best pitcher in baseball, but man oh man is it fun to watch batters squirm in the box against him. Watch Trevor Story join us as we’re head-over-heels in love with Clayton’s signature Curveball. (Thanks to Redditor PowerFalcons for the tip!)
Dallas Keuchel’s Fastball – One of the more overlooked improvements this off-season has been more stadiums changing their centerfield camera locations, with the Astros giving us a much more centered look in 2017. This helps us finally get consistent looks at Keuchel’s Fastball movement and oh-by is it nice. Just watch the late action on this riding heater to Danny Espinosa.
Zack Greinke’s Slider – Greinke is on a mission to convince the masses that 2016 was a fluke and he continued moving in the right direction last night with eight innings of 1 run ball against the Padres. His Slider was looking like its classic self early in the start, fanning Allen Cordoba with the bender in the first inning.
Jerry Blevin’s Curveball – Blevins is known for his loopy Curveball that seemingly has endless horizontal bend and he made Odubel Herrera flinch in the box with the pitch yesterday for a called strike two. (Thanks to @GottaGettemGoin for the tip!)
Felipe Rivero’s Slider – Just like Blevins, Rivero got in on the front-door action with this breaking ball to Kolten Wong. The angle isn’t so great, but this pitch is headed for Wong’s shoulder before effortlessly falling back to the plate for the punchout. (Thanks to @pgpgh5 and @bsilberb for the tips!)
Robert Gsellman’s Fastball – Herrera was having a tough time in the box in yesterday’s game, as he was also victimized by Gsellman with this heater that pulls back to the plate at 94mph. (Thanks to @tejasxb for the tip!)
Brandon Maurer’s Slider – Maurer has the closer role set in San Diego and did his job to seal a Padre victory on Wednesday night. He earned his first out with a heavy Slider that David Peralta couldn’t resist. (Thanks to Redditor violaxcore for the tip!)
GIF Of The Night
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