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 and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half. 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 Quintana’s Curveball – It was business as usual for Quintana as he allowed just one earned run across eight frames of work against the Red Sox. His best moment may have been this deadly Curveball to David Ortiz as he stunned the retiring slugger for strike three. (Thanks to @tbellaga for the tip!)
Aaron Nola’s Fastball – Nola has had an excellent start to the season, already collecting 44 Ks in just six starts. His Fastball command is a major reason why, and it tied up Stephen Piscotty beautifully for his first out of Tuesday’s game.
Steven Wright’s Knuckleball – Disclaimer: This pitch may have been fouled off by Todd Frazier, though the final call was a whiff on a luscious knuckleball that never seems to stop falling off the table.
John Lamb’s Changeup – Lamb made his first start of the season after being delayed due to off-season back surgery, and he did his part keeping the Reds in the game. He took a bit extra off his Changeup from what we’ve seen in the past, and it worked tremendously. Take this big hack from Hunter Pence as Exhibit A. (Thanks to Redditor yung_jocp for the tip!)
Jeff Samardzija’s Fastball – Shark feasted on the Reds Tuesday evening, accruing nine strikeouts in eight innings. His dominance can easily be summed up with this 97 MPH Two-Seamer that he places perfectly on the black. (Thanks to Redditor Peter_St for the tip!)
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.