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.
Chaz Roe‘s Slider
Chaz Roe is a mainstay in Nastiest Pitches because of his slider, but this one might be favorite ever GIF from Roe. This pitch seems to extend like Inspector Gagdet as it breaks away from Wilfredo Tovar‘s futile attempt to foul off the ball.
Andrew Miller‘s Slider
Andrew Miller has had a tough start to 2019. Miller hasn’t pitched to his past capabilities, but he seems to be rounding into form gradually over the past couple of weeks. Miller’s slider was on point last night as Michael Conforto can certainly attest. This pitch with two strikes is a at bat killer.
Jacob deGrom‘s Slider
Jacob deGrom is fun to watch because all his pitches move a decent amount and come in at higher velocities than most pitchers can muster. This slider to finish Marcell Ozuna off doesn’t move a ton, but at 93 mph Ozuna has less time to react and hold his swing back.
Jack Flaherty‘s Slider
Jack Flaherty used his sider to finish off Mets hitters effectively. He used the pitch well against lefties by throwing it under their hands. The slow-motion shot shows the ball slip under repeat victim Michael Conforto‘s bat.
Tyler Skaggs‘ Curveball
I had written off Tyler Skaggs after his major shoulder injury cost him two whole seasons. To his credit, Skaggs has fought back and helped the Angels stay competitive. This curve to Wily Adames is just off the plate yet is still a fun and nasty pitch to watch.
Marcus Stroman‘s Slider
Marcus Stroman is potentially one of the best pitchers available via trade this season, and outings such as last night’s will only help his value, even if it was the lowly Orioles. Stroman got Trey Mancini to swing through this slider with great late drop at 87 mph.
Jacob deGrom‘s Changeup
Jacob deGrom is so good I couldn’t help myself from including another nasty pitch from him. This pitch comes in at 92 mph and drops almost like a two-seamer, but it is in fact a high-powered changeup.
GIF of the Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below, and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Quarter Contest.