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.
Adam Ottavino’s Slider – Poor Dansby Swanson nearly threw his bat trying desperately to make contact with Ottavino’s hurricane slider. Once he realized he’d missed, he decided to give that bat a toss anyway. He wasn’t going to be needing it.
Trevor Cahill’s Curveball – Another nasty pitch, another thrown bat. Cahill was absolutely masterful on Saturday, striking out seven and only giving up one hit in seven innings.
Felipe Vazquez’s Slider – Vazquez absolutely flummoxed Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber with this devastating slider running off the plate at a cool 86 miles per hour. Nice.
Jake Arrieta’s Curveball – Pitcher on pitcher hardly seems fair to feature in this post, but this hook to Jacob deGrom was absolutely filthy. Even deGrom knew it. Arrieta struck out six in six strong innings of work on Saturday.
Luis Severino’s Slider – After a handful of rough outings, it was nice to see Yankees ace Luis Severino round back into form. He struck out eight in five innings, including this beautiful frisbee slider to fan Teoscar Hernandez.
Jacob deGrom’s Changeup – Most guys can barely hit 90 miles per hour by their 102nd pitch of the night. DeGrom tossed a 91 mile per hour changeup to earn himself a called strike. That’s straight up unfair.
Alex Cobb’s Splitter – Cobb threw an increasingly rare complete game on Saturday, only striking out three but only allowing two earned runs. His nasty splitter earned him a k on Yandy Diaz, who looked happy to come out of that at-bat in one piece.
GIF Of The Night
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