Hector Rondon’s Fastball + The Best Pitches From Thursday’s Games
Every morning we review the five best 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 Week”. 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.
Hector Rondon’s Fastball – Rondon has been dominant as the Cubs’ definitive closer, and he shut the door with authority Thursday night against the Giants. Just look at this 99 MPH Fastball move back onto the plate from Brandon Crawford’s hip. Crazy good. (Thanks to Reddit User CooperEarly and @Winner_of_None for the tip!)
Michael Wacha’s Curveball – Wacha was as solid as ever as he dismantled the Reds offense across seven innings. His Curveball was looking pretty all night, especially for this hook to Marlon Byrd.
Zack Greinke’s Changeup – Brooks Baseball has this listed as a Fastball, but I simply can’t believe he gets this much sink on his Two-Seamer, and I’m going with a Changeup. Regardless, that drop at 91 MPH is insanely good.
Matt Garza’s Curveball – Matty doesn’t spend too much time on these roundups, but he performed well last night and this bender to Brett Wallace easily earned him a spot.
Dellin Betances’ Knuckle-Curve – It’s easy pickings to go with a Betances Curve anytime he’s on the hill, but last night had this special pitch to Who doesn’t love it when a batter jumps in fear to only have the ball sweep back over the plate? (Thanks to @iam_GregF for the tip!)