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. 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.
Josh Osich’s Fastball – The Giants bullpen completely shut down the Pirates in a come-from-behind victory Wednesday. Osich pulled his weight, earning three strikeouts in just over an inning of work. This scorching, tailing Fastball got Andrew McCutchen all tangled up as it moved away from any potential contact. (Thanks to Reditors poor_merkle & AdumWanrit for the tips!)
Trevor Bauer’s Curveball – The third overall pick from the 2011 draft is starting to live up to the hype. He threw a complete game Wednesday, allowing only one run against the Rays. This nose-diving Curveball buckles the knees of Logan Forsythe, resulting in one of Bauer’s 10 strikeouts on the night.
Junichi Tazawa’s Splitter – The Red Sox reliever notched two strikeouts in his one inning of work Wednesday against the White Sox. One of those two came on this disgusting Splitter to Avisail Garcia that defied physics when it broke just in front of the plate. (Thanks to Redditor TheBrimic for the tip!)
Ubaldo Jimenez’s Slider – Jimenez is having rough season to say the least. Things did pick up, however, when he struck out the side in the 6th Wednesday. Christian Bethancourt couldn’t believe it either; just look at him cower in fear of this nasty Slider that starts destined to hit him before moving in for a strike. (Thanks to @34bigcheese for the tip!)
Juerys Familia’s Sinker – The Mets closer recorded his 24th save of the season Wednesday, still working to keep the haunting World Series memories at bay. Striking out Paulo Orlando with a filthy Sinker definitely helped his cause. (Thanks to Redditor kelly_ripa for the tip!)
Eduardo Rodriguez’s Fastball – Evidently Rodriguez went back to using his old release for Wednesday’s game, and his velocity was much improved. Not only did this Fastball to Todd Frazier have speed, but it also had some tasty tailing action to it. (Thanks to Redditor BarneyStinsbro for the tip!)
GIF Of The Night
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Christopher Chase Edmunds is a writer for Pitcher List. He is currently working on a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Alabama. He grew up in Birmingham, perfecting the knuckleball in the backyard. He can be found streaming Colorado Rockies games and avoiding any association with the Atlanta Braves.