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.
Austin Gomber’s Curveball – Gomber didn’t quite outdo fellow Cardinals’ rookie Daniel Poncedeleon‘s magnificent outing on Monday night, but he did toss a quality start while striking out six. Camera angles don’t do this pitch justice, but Adam Duvall‘s flinch does.
Jose Berrios’ Curveball – Berrios twirled a gem on Tuesday, fanning nine in seven scoreless innings. This back foot curveball was beautifully placed, getting an ugly swing and miss from Yangervis Solarte.
Masahiro Tanaka’s Splitter – Tanaka tossed himself a tidy three-hit shutout on Tuesday, fanning nine. Here he toyed with Mallex Smith, tossing an 88 mile per hour splitter that was mere inches from the plate before it dove downward and left Smith on a knee, perhaps proposing for the rest of the game off.
Aaron Nola’s Curveball – It was not the happiest of Nola days on Tuesday, as Nola gave up three earned in just five innings of work, while striking out five. He still managed to make Manny Machado feel (Dodger) blue, getting him to check-swing on this nasty curveball off the plate.
Kenta Maeda’s Changeup – Nola’s counterpart on Tuesday was Maeda, who struck out seven in seven innings of work. Here he used his filthy changeup to get a big whiff from Jorge Alfaro. Nice.
Burch Smith’s Curveball – Smith stymied the Tigers on Tuesday, striking out six in 6.2 innings. His sharp, 12-6 curveball was in rare form, here getting a big whiff from Nicholas Castellanos.
Joe Kelly’s Curveball – Kelly got knocked around a bit on Tuesday, but he still got a beautiful whiff by Caleb Joseph on this heavy 12-6 curveball.
GIF Of The Night
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