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.
Carlos Martinez’s Slider– Martinez got stuck with a loss Monday against Pittsburgh even after striking out seven batters. One of his victims on the night was Josh Harrison, who could only throw a bat at this filthy Slider that worked its way across the plate. (Thanks to @_larimore for the tip!)
Edinson Volquez’s Changeup – Volquez has seen his ERA jump lately, but it’s not for a lack of nasty off-speed stuff. Just watch this crazy Changeup slide in on Darwin Barney for the K.
Max Scherzer’s Slider – Mad Max broke his four-game streak of double-digit K’s by only striking out seven batters Monday. One of those Ks came on this expertly executed Slider that dives away from Jonathan Lucroy.
Aaron Sanchez’s Fastball – The Toronto starter has gone eight innings with only one earned run in back-to-back starts now. It’s easy to see why he’s been so successful lately when his strikeout pitches are on point. This Fastball starts off on a path to the opposite batter’s box, totally fooling Whit Merrifield.
Brett Cecil’s Curveball – Cecil said he made some adjustments to his Curveball while on the DL, and it looks like those adjustments were just what the doctor ordered. Look at this breaking ball that tumbles inside and completely baffles Salvador Perez for the whiff and subsequent strikeout. (Thanks to Redditor Funkagenda for the tip!)
GIF Of The Night
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Christopher Chase Edmunds is a writer for Pitcher List. He is currently working on a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Alabama. He grew up in Birmingham, perfecting the knuckleball in the backyard. He can be found streaming Colorado Rockies games and avoiding any association with the Atlanta Braves.