Every morning we review the five best pitches from the previous day’s playoff games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back when we review the best pitches for the divisional series next week. 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.
Johnny Cueto’s Changeup – It was the ace Kansas City was hoping to get when they traded for Cueto in July, as the Dreaded Wonder spun eight innings of two-run ball for the Royals. He struck out George Springer to end the third inning with this luscious Changeup that fades off the outside corner.
Cole Hamels‘ Curveball – The 7th inning was one for the ages, and one of the many victims was Hamels, who was forced to leave the game after his infield committed three errors. He started the game strong, feeling his Curveball early as he struck out Josh Donaldson.
Marcus Stroman’s Fastball – It still surprises me that Stroman is even pitching after tearing his ACL in March and he continued to amaze yesterday in the final ALDS game. His Fastball has incredibly lively movement, and Shin-Soo Choo couldn’t avoid the strikeout on this pitch that nips the inside corner.
Collin McHugh’s Curveball – It was a promising beginning to Game 5 for McHugh and the Astros, but it didn’t go their way in the second half of the match. McHugh only struck out one batter, but he did it with this pretty Curveball to Ben Zobrist.
Roberto Osuna’s Slider – It was a huge moment for the 20-year-old as Osuna pulled off the five out save to punch the Jays’ ticket to the ALCS. He ended the eighth with this perfect 90 MPH Slider to Elvis Andrus that darted off the plate at the very last moment.
GIF Of The Night
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