Clayton Kershaw’s Slider + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Game 1 of the World Series

Through the playoffs, we’ll be featuring 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 after each round to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Half Contest. 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.

Clayton Kershaw’s Slider – Kershaw’s Slider was on point through this entire game and he sent a message by fanning George Springer with the pitch to lead off the game. He kept the ball low and under the zone all night when he wanted a whiff, while using it to command the zone when he needed to sneak a strike. This was Kershaw in his prime.

Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball – This at-bat to Carlos Correa didn’t feature a single Fastball from Kershaw and you can see in Correa’s knees how surprising that was. Kershaw finished off the 0-2 count with one of his signature Curveballs and it fell from the sky to make us giddy for the strike three call.

Dallas Keuchel’s Fastball – It may be hard to tell watching the game, but Keuchel gets a ton of sink on his Fastballs and this 0-1 pitch to Logan Forsythe exhibited this ability well. It has slider-esque movement, starting at Forsythe’s hip before dropping below the zone, forcing Forsythe to take a hack that goes well over the ball.

Dallas Keuchel’s Sliders – Both of these sliders were nearly identical to Cody Bellinger, forcing me to feature both of them as Keuchel got a whiff each time. Excellent execution as Keuchel did well to debilitate one of the fiercest bats in the Dodgers’ lineup.

Brad Peacock’s Fastballs – Not the flashiest of Fastballs from Peacock given the camera angle, but man do these pitches zoom back to the outside corner. Out of his hand, each of these pitches appear headed for the opposing batter’s box because whipping back to nip the outside corner.

GIF Of The Night

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Nick Pollack

Founder of Rotographs and Washington Post contributor and has worked with CBS Sports, Grantland, and SB Nation. Former pitching coach and Brandeis alum.



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