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 First 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.
Diego Castillo’s Fastball
Diego Castillo must have seen all the attention teammate Jose Alvarado was getting on social media for his devastating fastball because tonight he broke out a heater as dirty as anything Alvarado’s thrown. Justin Smoak didn’t even try to hit this one, which is probably for the best, though it would have at least been entertaining.
Brad Keller’s Slider
Brad Keller has excelled thus far in his sophomore season, and it’s not too hard to see why. I’m not sure which dropped faster here: Keller’s slider or Tyler Naquin‘s fantasy ownership.
Lucas Giolito’s Changeup
So this is why optimism in Lucas Giolito fulfilling his prospect pedigree has persisted. This season has largely been a mixed bag for the 24-year-old righty, but when he’s on he’s a cold-blooded batter killer.
Note: Big thanks to our own Stephen Dudas (@QBListD on Twitter) for the tip on this pitch!
Jake Arrieta’s Changeup
Does anything say filth quite like dropping a batter to their knees? Sorry Starlin, but Jake Arrieta‘s already taken.
Seunghwan Oh’s Changeup
Crazy: How quickly the bottom drops off of this pitch.
Really Crazy: This game lasted 11 more innings after this point.
Excellent performances from their bullpen, like the one Seunghwan Oh gave them was largely what kept this one tied up until the wee hours of the morning.
GIF of the Night
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(Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)