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 and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half. 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.
A.J. Griffin’s Curveball – The Blue Jays are never an easy matchup, but Griffin carved them up for nine strikeouts across just six innings of work on Monday evening. His slow Curveball was a thing of beauty across the night, especially when it staggered Troy Tulowitzki during this full count. (Thanks to Redditor SoundGuy4Life for the tip!)
Jon Gray’s Slider – It can be tough for Gray to have success as he pitches for the Rockies, but he took advantage of a start inside Petco Field last night. He tallied eleven punchouts during the outing including this sweet K forcing Jemile Weeks to awkwardly flail at this biting Slider. (Thanks to Redditor Hugo_Hackenbush for the tip!)
Jose Berrios‘ Curveball – Berrios’ pitches were moving all over the place last night, perfectly exemplified by this sharp Curveball to perennial batting-champ contender Jose Altuve. This pitch was actually called a ball, leading to catcher John Ryan Murphy to get tossed arguing with the umpire. Regardless of the hook’s outcome, its filthiness should not be ignored. (Thanks to Redditor FlannelBeard for the tip!)
Bartolo Colon’s Fastball – There are a few things The Big Apple is known for – his athleticism, his longevity, and his wicked Two-Seam Fastball. He makes a living freezing left-handers with front-door Fastball like this beauty to Nick Markakis.
James Shields‘ Curveball – Griffin wasn’t the only one with a remarkable slow Curveball yesterday as Shields snuck this huge bender under the bat of Carlos Gonazlez for the first out in the sixth.
Jeurys Familia’s Splitter – Familia was called in during a non-save situation and gave up a run, but he still flexed his crazy good Splitter as he struck out A.J. Pierzynski to get the first out. (Thanks to Redditor see_mohn for the tip!)
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Half contest.