Masahiro Tanaka’s Fastball + The Best Pitches From This Weekend’s Games

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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 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.

Congrats to Aaron Sanchez’s Fastball for winning GIF of the Week! His excellent Fastball movement earned him a spot in the Best GIF of the 2nd half tournament that will be held once the regular season is over.

Masahiro Tanaka‘s Fastball – Tanaka had his best start in his brief Yankee career as he went the distance to defeat the BLue Jays Saturday afternoon. He showed a bit of emotion along the way as he painted this come-back 94 MPH Fastball to strikeout Ben Revere. (Thanks to Reddit user akaSpac3 for the tip!)

Carlos Carrasco’s Changeup – This may not look might much, but this pitch has Curveball depth to it at an unreal 90 MPH. Twins batter Brian Dozier didn’t have a chance.

Taylor Jungmann’s Curveball – Jungmann struck seven batters through the first three innings against the Phils, including this big bender to Cesar Hernandez.

Chris Sale’s Slider – This seems to be a recurring theme for Sale’s dominance, but as he fanned 15 batters across seven innings, he struck out Chris Denorfia with a literal back-foot Slider, as Denorfia swung through this slide piece that hit his foot. Sale is just that good.

Mike Fiers’ Curveball – Fiers has one of the bigger Curveballs in the league and this beautiful 12-6 hook fell underneath J.D. Martinez’s bat for strike two. (Thanks to Reddit user ****_Yall_ for the tip!)

Joe Smith’s Fastball – On the national stage, Smith got his chance to display his wacky motion and deceptive repertoire. Here Lorezno Cain couldn’t figure out his 90 MPH Two-Seamer that was spotted perfectly down and inside. (Thanks to Reddit user ProbablyMyLastLogin for the tip!)

Ivan Nova’s Curveball – Nova held the Blue Jays to three runs on Friday night, and was strong enough to earn the Win. Pitches like this Curveball that stunned Jose Bautista were a big reason why. (Thanks to for the tip!)

Madison Bumgarner’s Slider – Bumgarner had himself a day reminiscent of the 2014 World Series as he went the distance against the Nationals, collecting 14 strikeouts along the way. His first one of the outing against Michael A. Taylor came via a vicious Slider that dived into the dirt at the last moment.

GIF Of The Weekend

Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in this weekend’s “GIF of the Week” contest.

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Nick Pollack

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