Aaron Nola’s Changeup and the Nastiest Pitches from 5/1
Every morning, we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious high-definition 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 First Quarter Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList, and we’ll GIF it up and give you a shoutout here in the article.
Aaron Nola’s Changeup
It’s been rough sledding for Aaron Nola so far as his 5.06 ERA can attest, but we got a look at some vintage Nola here against JaCoby Jones, jamming him like a pinkie toe on the coffee table with this beauty of a changeup.
Max Fried’s Curveball
His nasty breaking ball earned Max Fried the headlining gig in the roundup on April 26, but don’t let the lack of top-of-the-page status fool you — this curve is as nasty as any you’ll see this year. Fried has worked to a 2.11 ERA so far this season, and it’s easy to see how he’s performing so admirably in his third taste of the major leagues.
Max Scherzer’s Changeup
Star vs. star in this one, and Max Scherzer came out on top with the nasty offspeed putaway. While today wasn’t his finest start, it also wasn’t his worst, as you can see.
Felipe Vazquez’s Changeup
It was a changeup party on Wednesday, and Felipe Vazquez was certainly invited. Even with the brutal taunting from blue hat man in the back, Vazquez still dropped Hunter Pence to a knee to close out another Pirates victory.
Jacob DeGrom’s Slider
Jacob deGrom broke his three-game skid with style, throwing seven shutout innings and one nasty, nasty slider here to Yasiel Puig. There’s honestly not a whole lot I can add to this one; it’s just good old-fashioned deGrom being deGrom.
GIF of the Night
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