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 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.
Jake Odorizzi’s Changeup – Odorizzi started off his night in Toronto with pure filth, striking out Kevin Pillar with a Split-Changeup that we all would have swung over. I’m amazed at how far this pitch travels before hitting the catcher’s mitt as it started looking like an excellent middle-in pitch to slug into the seats.
Jerry Blevins’ Curveball – It’s no secret Blevins has a pretty Curveball that sweeps across the plate, but we loved watching him freeze Wilson Contreras with this 3-2 pitch that was a borderline strike-three call. How it traveled so far to make it back to the plate is an absolute marvel. (Thanks to @mmetsfan4 for the tip!)
Corey Kluber’s Slider – Kluber had himself another dominant outing, fanning ten Dodgers across seven innings. All his pitches were on point, but this Slider to Corey Seager was just wrong, making the former rookie of the year drop to a knee trying to hit the pitch.
Corey Kluber’s Fastball – It was so much fun to watch Kluber that we had to include another pitch, with this Fastball to Cody Bellinger. The amount of horizontal movement Kluber gets here at 92mph is a joy to watch.
Francis Martes’ Curveball – Martes had his first start for the Astros on Wednesday evening and impressed with seven Ks and just one ER allowed. One of his strikeouts came with an exclimation point as he fanned Jared Hoying with a Curveball that hit him. Martes’ Curveball is just that good.
Jason Hammel’s Slider – Hammel doesn’t find himself on these roundups often, but we couldn’t deny a spot to this breaking ball that fell right off the table to Denard Span. He’s on a roll now with just five ER allowed in his last three starts and let’s hope it continues moving forward.
Jhoulys Chacin’s Curveball – Chacin has his moments of brilliance and spun a gem against the Reds last night in San Diego. The best pitch of outing was this Curveball to Arismendy Alcantara that featured a massive amount of drop to sneak under Alcantara’s bat.
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Half Contest.
Jesus that Martes curve
Can you really call it a nasty pitch when it hits the batter?
If it got them to swing, definitely.