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 Second 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
Jason Adam’s Curveball – Whoooa—things got out of hand quickly for St. Louis’ Marcell Ozuna on that hook, as the Royals reliever collected one of his four strikeout victims over two innings on it.
Marco Estrada’s Curveball – The Blue Jays veteran racked up an impressive 21 whiffs total and 14 on his changeup against the Blue Jays, but his curve stood out here by making Carlos Gomez go one-handed as the Rays outfielder attempted to power up.
Mike Leake’s Slider – Carlos Correa looked like he just came of an extended DL stay on this swing, though Leake made sure this one was out of the Astros shortstop’s reach with some outlandish movement to the outside.
Adam Ottavino’s Slider – There was majesty enough for all between Ottavino’s sweeping slider and Manny Machado‘s smooth whiff as the Rockies reliever picked up his fifth save a night after Wade Davis imploded.
Jose Urena’s Two-Seamer – Say what you want about the 26-year-old starter—and it’s probably plenty, as he may not ever put it all together—but he carries one of the most consistently beautiful fastballs to watch. It was on display here as he caught the outside corner against the Mets’ Todd Frazier.
Jacob Nix’s Changeup – Rhys Hoskins seemed averse to staying upright as Nix got the Phillies first baseman whiffing on this fifth-inning dive-bomber.
Blake Snell’s Curveball – Steph Curry would be jealous of Snell’s ankle-breaking ways if he happened to see this hook that did its best to snap Devon Travis‘ lower extremities. The lefty was perfect through five innings and 47 pitches, but the Rays decided to treat their ace with kids gloves and cut his day short. Call this one the starter’s false start.
GIF of the Night
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