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.
Jose Berrios’ Curveball – Last night’s Twins/Red Sox game was an absolute treat for pitching fans as Berrios paired up against Chris Sale in a battle of elite breaking balls. We’ve made plenty of Berrios Curveball GIFs thus far, but with the Red Sox slow-motion camera by our side, we were able to get a great look at just how much break the pitch gets as it traveled from the inside corner to the opposite batter’s box to Xander Bogaerts. Wow. (Thanks to @MattOrsi25 for the tip!)
Blake Treinen’s Fastball – Taking a look at Treinens’ 99mph Fastball may make you question how he has a 5.67 ERA on the season. Consistency is everything is baseball, but fortunately we get to enjoy the little moments like this one, freezing Ian Happ with the pitch’s sweet ride to the inside corner.
Chris Sale’s Slider – Not to be overshadowed by Berrios, the Red Sox ace allowed just 1 ER through 6.1 innings to earn the Win for Boston. His Slider was as good as ever and induced this awkward swing from Miguel Sano in the sixth frame.
Carl Edwards Jr.’s 6th Inning – I’ve been making a few more compilation GIFs lately and last night I had to exhibit Edwards Jr.’s premium sixth inning where he earned eight strikes on whiffs or called strikes. Plenty of them were downright nasty, including a 97mph Cutter and three back-breaking Curveballs that fanned each of Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmermann. (Thanks to Redditors efitz11, Jebby_Bush, and jkelly422 for the tip!
Rich Hill’s Curveball – Seeing Hill on the…hill and throwing his gorgeous Curveballs is something baseball needs. How can you not be a little giddy watching this pitch feature a ton of horizontal bend as it nearly hits Martin Maldonado?
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.