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.
Brandon McCarthy’s Curveball – McCarthy signed a big contract before the 2015 season to come to LA and pitched well briefly before his UCL blew up and he went under the knife. Now back, McCarthy buries this pitch down in the zone to strike out Manuel Margot.
Blake Snell’s Slider – Control is the only thing holding Blake Snell back from becoming a top of the rotation starter. Snell had a 5.16 BB/9 in 2016 and needs to harness his big stuff. Here Snell uses his slider to make Steve Pearce look foolish.
Koda Glover’s Fastball – Glover, a rookie, is reportedly being fast tracked for the Nationals closer job because of his undeniable combination of velocity and movement. This pitch shows ridiculous run at 95 MPH to get Dee Gordon to whiff. (Thanks to Redditor efitz11 for the tip!)
Antonio Senzatela’s Fastball – It’s safe to say most baseball fans have never heard of Senzatela, and nothing about his numbers in the minors screams big stuff. Here though, Senzatela uses a fastball with sharp movement to strike out Travis Shaw to end the inning.
Matt Belisle’s Slider – Belisle’s career is built on his ROOGY skills using a fastball/slider combo. Here he throws a pitch that almost hits Raul Mondesi Jr.’s back foot for the strikeout.
Lance Lynn’s Fastball – Lynn throws his fastball more than 75% of the time for his career and that percentage has only gone up over his career. Here he uses it to paint the black and strike out reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant looking.
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Half Contest.