Chris Sale’s Slider + The Nastiest Pitches from World Series Game Five
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 Playoffs Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Chris Sale’s Slider – This is the pitch that ended the 2018 World Series, and it couldn’t have been more fitting: Nearly every time he threw during the season, Sale wielded Death’s scythe and carved out a spot on this list. Boston manager Alex Cora didn’t mess around by bringing in his ace to close it out, and the lefty delivered by putting Manny Machado on a knee with one of baseball’s best signature pitches.
David Price’s Changeup – Price had a case for being named World Series MVP, and a lot of his success came because of his filthy changeup. The lefty fooled the Dodgers on numerous occasions with it on Sunday, including Machado here.
Joe Kelly’s Fastball – John Smoltz certainly talked up how Kelly’s power breaking ball turned him into quite a bullpen weapon, but it works in tandem with his high heat, shown here when he burns Joc Pederson for the whiff at 98 mph.
Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball – Kershaw didn’t ride his curveball to success like Rich Hill did the night before, but the all-time great’s hook is still a thing of pure poetry. Watch as he freezes Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez in the seventh.
GIF of the Night
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