Charlie Morton’s Curveball and the Nastiest Pitches from 7/2
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 First 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
Charlie Morton was on fire last night in St. Petersburg. He threw 12 strikeouts over seven innings, with six of them coming on his deadly curveball. If I was allowed to put a compilation of all his strikeouts up here I would because they were all true filth. However, I’m constrained to one pitch, so I GIFed up this disgusting back door curve from the top of the third.
Jose Suarez’s Changeup
On an emotional night in Arlington, Jose Suarez took the mound for the Angels, a team still grieving from the sudden and untimely passing of Tyler Skaggs. Suarez only went four innings but struck out seven, including this nasty changeup to Delino DeShields in the top of the first.
Amir Garrett’s Slider
Amir Garrett was called upon last night to hold the game tied for an inning, and he sure came through. Garrett struck out the side in order, all on sliders, including this filthy one to Yasmani Grandal. The Reds would knock in the winning run the next inning on a Jose Iglesias single.
Adam Ottavino’s Slider
It wasn’t a fun night for Adam Ottavino as the Yankees reliever surrendered three runs (two earned) and took the L in this one. Still, Ottavino’s one out from the night was a pretty good one. No, it’s not his filthy two-seamer but rather his slider that gets Todd Frazier reaching here. (Shoutout to Discord member Asher Dratel for the tip on this one!)
Aaron Nola’s Knuckle-Curve
Aaron Nola was dealing from the first pitch last night against the NL East leading Atlanta Braves. Nola threw an eight-inning gem, striking out one per inning en route to his seventh win of the year. His most impressive offering of the night came early, on this knuckle-curve to Braves leadoff man Ronald Acuña.
Edwin Diaz’s Fastball
This GIF has everything in it: 99 mph heat, a foul tip, a bobble, and finally a catch by Wilson Ramos. Edwin Diaz threw a great ninth inning to earn the save in this Subway Series matchup, but man, this last pitch to end the ballgame is truly something I’ve never seen before.
GIF of the Night
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