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 – Not only was it the All-Star game, it was a happy Nola Day. Nola looked solid in one inning of work, here fanning Salvador Perez with this nasty curveball off the plate.
Max Scherzer’s FB/CH combo – Not too many guys can comfortably strike out both Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve back-to-back, but Max Scherzer made it look easy. First he used his wicked 87 mile per hour change to tie up Betts, before climbing the ladder on Altuve for strike three.
Luis Severino’s Slider – Is there a nastier pitch in all of baseball than Luis Severino’s slider? Bryce Harper is going to have nightmares about this 88 mile per hour hurricane that dives at the last second and away from his chasing bat.
Jeremy Jeffress’ Fastball – Jeffress rode his runny two-seam fastball all the way into the All-Star game this year, then promptly used it to get a huge swing-and-miss from Nelson Cruz. Nasty.
Chris Sale’s Slider – Sale showed off his nasty slider early, striking out Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning to help him pitch around a leadoff single and escape unscathed.
Charlie Morton’s Fastball – Morton’s hard two-seamer was what got him into the ASG, so it was nice to see him use it here. He ran it up to 96 miles per hour with some drop and wicked arm side run. Nice.
Edwin Diaz’s Slider – Before Diaz gave up a game-tying three-run home run and cost his teammate Jean Segura the ASG MVP award, he tossed this devastating 92 mile per hour slider off the outside black to get a swing through from Trevor Story.
GIF Of The Night
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