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.
Blake Treinen’s Fastball – I mean are you kidding me with this? 99 with that kind of movement? Treinen has been absolute money all season, and it’s easy to see why. Rajai Davis is no stranger to getting clutch hits off high profile closers, but Treinen made sure he didn’t even have a chance here.
Jake Arrieta’s Curveball – Josh Bell can discipline his bat all he wants, but this was just a filthy, unhittable pitch from Arrieta, who had eight strikeouts in a seven inning win on Saturday.
Kevin Gausman’s Splitter – Gausman’s splitter has been one of the nastiest pitches in all of baseball this season, with an o-swing rate over 50% and a 22.7% swinging strike rate. It’s easy to see why, as this pitch dove out of the strike zone at the very last second, getting a check-swing strike three from Jake Cave.
Luis Severino’s Slider – It wasn’t Severino’s sharpest outing, but his 88 mile per hour slider still bamboozled Toronto hitters on Saturday, including Lourdes Gurriel Jr here.
Fernando Rodney’s Changeup – Rodney has been throwing his devastating changeup for nearly as long as Chance Sisco has been alive, but that didn’t stop the veteran from getting yet another strikeout with his long time bread-and-butter.
Blake Snell’s Curveball – Snell had a phenomenal start on Saturday, striking out nine in 7 1/3 scoreless innings. As usual his devastating slider was nearly unhittable – a fact that Kevin Plawecki learned the hard way.
Kyle Gibson’s Fastball – Gibson tossed another gem on Saturday, striking out nine in seven innings of work, only surrendering one run. His two-seam fastball was looking sharp all night, here painting the outside black with 95 and freezing Mark Trumbo.
Cody Allen’s Curveball – Allen has had a bit of a rough year, but managed to get four key outs for the Indians on Saturday. He used his trademark yo-yo curveball to fan Khris Davis, helping boost his stellar 43/13 K/BB ratio on the year.
GIF Of The Night
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