Justin Verlander’s Slider + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Thursday’s Playoff 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.
Justin Verlander’s Slider – There were some rough patches early, but Verlander battled through to give Houston the victory in Game 1. He ended an 11-pitch at-bat against Andrew Benintendi in the opening frame with an excellent Slider down into the rookie’s ankles.
Trevor Bauer’s Curveball – Bauer was on point against the Yankees, quelling any worry from Cleveland fans that Kluber should have gotten the ball for Game 1. His Curveball was his money pitch through the game and got the call against Aaron Judge in the first inning with this big hook.
Chris Sale’s Fastball – The afternoon didn’t go as planned for Sale, but he struck out his first batter of the game in George Springer by spotting this 3-2 Fastball at 98mph. The perfect pitch.
Andrew Miller’s Slider – Miller faced his former team in the later innings and did exactly as advertised, using his Slider to debilitate the Yankee offense. Check out this Slider to Aaron Hicks that falls out of the zone, though is too tempting to resist a hefty hack.
Dellin Betances’ Fastballs + Curveball – The Yankees have questioned if they are capable of turning to Betances during high leverage situations, but seeing their massive reliever strike out the side may be the one silver lining from their Game 1 loss. Watch his blow two Fastballs by Cleveland batters before turning to his unhittable Curveball for punch out the side on 11 pitches.
GIF Of The Night
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