Every morning, we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious high-definition 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 Second Quarter Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList, and we’ll GIF it up and give you a shoutout here in the article.
Charlie Morton’s Curveball
Even against an explosive Twins offense, Charlie Morton just kept rolling on Thursday, allowing just four hits over seven innings. He holds a 2.54 ERA on the season, as well as an equally sparkling 11.5 K/9. This nice bender to cross up Eddie Rosario left the young outfielder as Morton’s 77th strikeout victim of the year.
Yacksel Rios’ Fastball
This has been a pretty ugly season so far for the 25-going-on-26 reliever, with a less than pristine 10.8 H/9 and 3.8 BB/9. This two-seamer to punch out Harrison Bader though might represent the high point of his season (whether that’s sad is up to interpretation). The 96 mph heat breaks in sharply and closed an awful series for Bader in which he went 0-9 with four strikeouts.
Tyler Beede’s Changeup
The bright side: This excellent start against the Marlins lowered Tyler Beede’s career ERA significantly.
The less-than bright side: It lowers it to 7.97.
The hopeful side: Beede’s next two starts should come against the weak Mets and Padres offenses, hopefully allowing him to build on this start.
Dakota Hudson’s Curveball
Dakota Hudson has had a tumultuous season thus far, but a 2.45 ERA over his past 3 starts (albeit with a 3.4 BB/9) provides hope that the talented youngster can put everything together for a stretch. Scott Kingery tries his hardest to put this one over the fence but gets a heaping helping of nothing against this looping curveball.
Manny Banuelos’ Curveball
To say Manny Banuelos hasn’t exactly been effective would be a grievous understatement: He’s currently rocking an 11.95 ERA in the month of May. Even though he still wasn’t particularly effective in this one, we did at least get this nice curveball to strike out Jake Bauers. Hold onto this one, White Sox fans. Cherish it.
GIF of the Night
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