Every morning we review the five best 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 Week”. 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.
Charlie Morton‘s Curveball – If there was a night that Morton was on, it was Thursday night as his Curveball was confusing batters left and right. This one to opposing pitcher was so nasty that Jake Peavy lost control of his bat swinging through strike three. (Thanks to Reddit user Stromatactis for the tip!)
Jake Arrieta’s Slider – Call it a Slider (like Brooks Baseball does), call it Cutter, call it a Slutter if you like, at the end of the day this is just pure filth at 91 MPH. Freddie Freeman sees decent heat hitting the inside corner and gears up to swing before the pitch darts into his hip and into his blind spot. No wonder Arrieta went six innings of shutout ball.
Scott McGough’s Fastball – The Marlins have featured a slew of rookies this season, and the most recent on the list is McGough who recorded his first career strikeout with this 94 MPH Two-Seamer to Dominic Brown. It may take a few times to pick it up, but the subtle late movement off the plate makes us emit a classy “ohhhh” each time we see it.
Ivan Nova’s Curveball – It wasn’t Nova’s best outing as he only struck out three batters and allowed three ER across six innings of work. However, he still featured an excellent hook and befuddled Carlos Santana with this slow breaker in the 3rd. (Thanks to Reddit user jimmcdermont for the tip!)
Chris Archer’s Fastball – After coming with an 87 MPH Changeup, Archer dialed it up to 97 MPH to blow it by Luis Valbuena for the strikeout. Sometimes you just want to see a pitcher conquer with pure strength.
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in this weekend’s “GIF of the Week” contest.