The Pitching GIF of the First Half Tournament 2017 – FINAL ROUND

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We’ve seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you’ve been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the First Half. We just completed Round 3 yesterday and here are the results:

– Jose Berrios’ Curveball (52.1%) defeated Corey Kluber’s Fastball (47.9%) – Review

– Blake Treinen’s Fastball (68.3%) defeated Aaron Nola’s Fastball (31.7%) – Review

As we enter the Final Round, here’s a quick reminder of the rules:

– All GIFs were pulled from the fourteen GIF of the Week competitions we’ve had so far this season, with the exception of Marcus Stroman’s Slider, which was thrown this past Saturday.

– Every winner was granted an automatic bid, with the extra slots being hand selected among other finalists.

– Votes will last until 8:00am EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 10:00am every morning and final round beginning on Friday morning. The winner will be revealed Monday morning next week.

Take a look at the updated version of this contest’s beautifully hand-drawn bracket:

Only two pitches remain, which pitch should be crowned the Nastiest Pitch of the First Half?


Blake Treinen’s Fastball vs. Jose Berrios’ Curveball

Which was the better pitch? Vote to decide which pitch advances to the next round!

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Nick Pollack

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

4 Responses to “The Pitching GIF of the First Half Tournament 2017 – FINAL ROUND”

  1. J.C. Mosier

    Okay, truth time. How many times have Treinen’s family voted this week?

  2. Todd

    I haven’t gotten the Treinen fastball making it this far. That pitch is low and Wieters just does an amazing job framing the pitch.

  3. ace

    treines pitch was an 11 out of 10