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.
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Hector Rondon’s Fastball – Rondon will be known for serving up a grand slam to Kiké Hernandez, but it’s not like he didn’t make any good pitches Thursday night. For example, check out this luscious heater that featured a boatload of horizontal movement, sneaking under the bat of Charlie Culberson.
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Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball 1 – It’s hard not to love Kershaw’s signature Curveball and he threw plenty of gorgeous hooks in Game 5. His second pitch of the game was as classic as they come, falling from the sky to hit the strike zone and make Albert Almora flinch in the box.
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Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball 2 – Then there’s also this pitch to Javier Baez that traveled 50-feet (which may be generous) and still induced a swing-and-a-miss. Sure, Baez is a free-swinger, but it takes a convincing execution to make anyone swing at this pitch.
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Clayton Kershaw’s Slider – It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Kershaw was featured plenty today as he did pitch seven of the 18 frames in Game 5 and he is the best pitcher on the planet. His Slider is a major reason for his success and we loved this first pitch offering to Willson Contreras that swept across the plate for strike one.
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Brian Duensing’s Curveball – This pitch will be forgotten but not here as Duensing spun an elegant Curveball to get ahead of Cody Bellinger. It’s Jerry Blevins-esque and derserves your attention as it started well off the plate before circling back for strike one.
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the Second Half Contest.