Justin Verlander’s Curveball and the Nastiest Pitches From 4/19
Every morning, we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious high-definition 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 Quarter Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList, and we’ll GIF it up and give you a shoutout here in the article.
Justin Verlander’s Curveball
The loop on this one is so ridiculous, Asdrubal Cabrera couldn’t help but smirk afterward. It takes something special to make a 13-year veteran like Cabrera flounder this bad.
Ross Stripling’s Curveball
Christian Yelich took a big, big cut at this one and nearly swung out of his shoes. Milwaukee hasn’t seen a crossover like this since Gary Payton skipped town.
Kyle Hendricks’ Changeup
Kyle Hendricks‘ signature changeup was working overtime in his huge bounce-back outing Friday afternoon, but this gem to strikeout Ketel Marte was the peak of a game with many, many high points for the veteran hurler.
Wilmer Font’s Slider
It’s always fun finding not-so-household names for these articles and today’s Deep Cut of the Day is Wilmer Font, pictured above utilizing the great movement on his slider to neutralize Christian Vazquez, one of his three strikeout victims in his inning of work today. Font has some intriguing stuff, ranging from a mid 70’s curve to a mid 90’s fastball, and with any luck, we’ll be seeing his name pop up some more this year.
Marcus Stroman’s Slider
Marcus Semien was screwed from the start here. The unorthodox delivery made this one tough enough to time, but add in enough drop to make Tiesto tip his cap, and it’s game over for the young shortstop.
Note: Huge shoutout to Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja on Twitter) for some of these pitches, and give him a follow if you haven’t already.
GIF of the Night
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(Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire)