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 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.
Dellin Betances‘ Curveball – The night after Brett Cecil shut down the Yankees in a critical spot deep in the game with strikeouts, Betances returned the favor by getting Edwin Encarnacion to whiff with the bases loaded in the 8th on a wicked Curve. Encarnacion’s bat doesn’t even come close. (Thanks to Reddit user nyg1 for the tip!)
Jake Arrieta’s Slider – We could have selected dozens of pitches from Arrieta’s dazzling CGSHO yesterday, but this Slider to Shane Peterson was absurd. Somehow it starts on the plate then darts well into Peterson’s hip at 90 MPH to induce the strikeout on a full count. So good that it reminded us of a Curveball from Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout performance. (Thanks to Reddit user Gyro88 for the tip!)
Luis Severino’s Changeup – It felt like a playoff game in Toronto Tuesday night, and Severino had to make some great pitches in tough spots to keep the Yankees in the game. For example, he spotted this Changeup to Munenori Kawasaki just on this inside corner with some luscious movement to end the fifth inning. (Thanks to Reddit user Intelligenttrees for the tip!)
Sean Gilmartin’s Slider – The Mets weren’t able to pad their NL East lead, but Gilmartin impressed, striking out three in two innings of relief work. Here he froze Jace Peterson with a sweet front-door Slider. (Thanks to @sbblakey777 for the tip!)
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.