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Blake Treinen’s Slider + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Monday’s Games

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...

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. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

Blake Treinen’s Slider – Now that Dusty Baker announced Treinen as his closer, I expect plenty more GIFs to be made of Treinen as his stuff is so pretty to watch. Check out this 3-2 Slider to Justin Bour that had a massive amount of vertical movement at 90mph to avoid the slugger’s bat by a foot. (Thanks to for the tip!)

Kevin Gausman’s Fastball – Gausman sure has his struggles in yesterday’s affair as he walked four Blue Jay batters, but boy did this heater have a ton of drop at a blistering 94mph. It was a perfect 0-2 pitch that easily sent Devon Travis back to the dugout.

Noah Syndergaard’s Slider – We saw this pitch plenty of times from Syndergaard in 2016, but it doesn’t make it less fun to watch. More impressive is that Syndergaard got to business right out of the gate, unleashing this 93mph slide piece on the third pitch of the game for his first strikeout of the season. That’s how it’s done.

Noah Syndergaard’s Changeup – Alright, Syndergaard is a beast and one of the most electric pitchers in the game. It’s really hard to choose just one pitch from his outings and because I can, I’m also featuring his 90mph Changeup that drops more than it has any right to. He’s too good.

Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball – It isn’t Opening Day without a Clayton Kershaw hook for a strikeout and MLB’s ace gave us what we wanted in just his fourth pitch of the game. Ahhhhh, baseball’s back.

Miguel Diaz’s Fastball – It was the first career strikeout for the flamethrower reliever, but we’re sure to see plenty more as this pitch came in at 98mph with some serious life to nip the inside corner. Joc Pederson was stunned and so were we.

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Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

2 responses to “Blake Treinen’s Slider + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Monday’s Games”

  1. Alex Blake says:

    You need to get on the Ryan Dull train. That boys slider is nasty even when people know its coming.

  2. Ian Post says:

    What in the world was that 98mph from Diaz?! I let out an audible “w..t..f..” That thing is ridiculous

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