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 @PitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Jake Petricka’s Fastball – Petricka hasn’t had the best season (4.64 ERA, 7.36 K/9) but his fastball has a ton of arm side run, here getting a big hack and a miss from Chris Davis.
Chaz Roe’s Slider – Good god. Poor Hunter Dozier didn’t stand a chance against this Roe specialty, which kissed the outside corner before flying safely away from Dozier’s helpless bat.
Masahiro Tanaka’s Splitter – Tanaka’s splitter has been flummoxing hitters for years, although it’s not every day that he can get a bat toss like he did on Thursday from Brian Anderson.
Michael Kopech’s Changeup – A rain delay shortened the long-awaited debut of flame thrower Michael Kopech, who flashed a solid three-pitch mix in his two innings of work.. His changeup here to Robbie Grossman was particularly nasty, and helps demonstrate that Kopech has enough pitchability to stick in the rotation long-term.
Blake Snell’s Curveball – Hey look, a casual 11 strikeouts in six strong innings from Snell. His wicked curveball went 12/23 CSW on the day, which included this nasty hammer to Hunter Dozier, who was victimized twice today. Bummer.
Brad Peacock’s Fastball – The Astros went bullpenning on Tuesday, with reliever Brad Peacock getting the first five outs against the Mariners. Peacock managed to pitch through the hazy smoke that has enveloped Seattle, getting a nice backward K on Mitch Haniger with his trademark two-seamer.
Nathan Eovaldi’s Splitter – Eovaldi was blegh on Tuesday, striking out two in 5.1 innings of work. However, his splitter went 6/10 CSW, including getting a truly massive hack from future MVP Jose Ramirez.
GIF Of The Night
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