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 First Half. 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.
Drew Pomeranz’s Curveball – Pomeranz struggled through the first inning, but eventually got things going against the Braves to the tune of six K’s. His strikeout victims included Adonis Garcia, who took a knee after whiffing on this nasty Curveball.
Max Scherzer’s Fastball – Washington’s ace kept the White Sox off the board Wednesday, snapping a six-game streak of Scherzer giving up homers. The 31-year-old righty has induced 107 swinging strikes so far, so it’s no surprise that Avisail Garcia didn’t catch up to this Fastball.
Jameson Taillon’s Curveball – Pittsburgh’s top pitching prospect made his MLB debut Wednesday, earning a quality start against the Mets. This pitch was the first Curveball we saw from Taillon, and it blew our minds with its excellent late bite to Yoenis Cespedes.
John Lackey’s Fastball – At the ripe old age of 37, Lackey seems to either be hitting his peak or seriously outperforming his career stats. He’s racking up the strikeouts this year, thanks in part to pitches like this Fastball, where he dropped his arm slot to get (a lot) more lateral movement.
Yu Darvish’s Curveball – Watching Darvish use every pitch in his arsenal is like watching someone play a baseball video game with all the cheat codes. His velocity can vary from fastballs in the high 90’s all the way down to Slow Curveballs like this 63 mph arc that makes George Springer look foolish. (Thanks to Redditor rhcpflea8 for the tip!)
GIF Of The Night
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