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 check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Aaron Nola’s Curveball – Nola Day went smoothly once again, with our poster boy tossing seven innings and striking out nine. Curveballs like this one that screwed Sean Rodriguez into the dirt are a big reason why.
Keynan Middleton’s Slider – Keynan ‘The Inferno’ Middleton has continued to run away with the ninth inning role in Los Angeles. Pitches like this tight 87 mile per hour slider that froze Nick Hundley are certainly going to help him keep his job.
Mike Clevinger’s Curveball – One of the few things filthier than Mike Clevinger’s hair is this curveball that almost looks like it went up before sharply dropping, leaving Chris Davis swinging right over the top.
Sean Manaea’s Slider – Can’t leave out Sean Manaea, who tossed the first no-hitter of the season on Saturday. His 101st pitch of the game was this big, sweeping slider that Andrew Benintendi couldn’t resist in the final frame.
Marcus Stroman’s Fastball – Stroman has struggled out of the gate this season, but his 9.82 K/9 is far and away the highest mark of his career. Two-seamers that run just onto the front of the strike zone like this one to Neil Walker will keep his strikeout numbers up.
Garrett Richards’ Slider – Garrett Richards and his ridiculous 90 mile per hour slider showed up in full force on Saturday, as he struck out 11 Giants hitters. Poor Andrew McCutchen was only able to offer a soft flip of his bat as this breaking ball dove out of the zone.
Blake Snell’s Curveball – ‘Snell you later!’ is probably not what Blake Snell said to Eddie Rosario when he fanned him with this nasty curveball, but it may as well have been.
GIF Of The Night
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