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 @PitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Kazuhisa Makita’s Changeup – They say that pitches don’t actually rise, but rather have the illusion of rise due to high spin rate. In this case, Makita’s submarine delivery DOES cause this changeup to rise – and cause Trea Turner to swing about 6 inches under it.
Miles Mikolas’ Curveball – You don’t throw a complete game shutout without having some nasty stuff along the way. This big bendy curve was a lethal knock blow.
Blaine Hardy’s Cutter – Hardy’s backdoor cutter froze up Mitch Garver. It was an 82 MPH work of art.
Gio Gonzalez’s Curveball – Eric Hosmer about swung out of his shoes on this huge Gonzalez curve.
Chase Anderson’s Changeup – This is a brutal changeup that dove down and away at the last second. You aren’t gonna hit this one – or be able to hold up that check swing in time.
Corey Knebel’s Curveball – Knebel threw this pretty unfair pith that started up and outside and landed perfectly on the inside corner.
A.J. Ramos’ Slider – Down down, it goes. This slider’s late dive is gonna give you a bad time – and send you back to the dugout.
Jose Berrios’ Fastball – There are cruel pitches and there is this pitch. Berrios takes on (the other) Machado (Dixon) with this crazy two seamer that ride in on him as he helplessly flails away.
Zack Greinke’s Curveball – Greinke throws some beautiful curves. This slow 69 MPH piece of magic is the kind of pitch that causes you to land on the DL with an oblique.
Adam Ottavino’s Fastball – Ottavino threw back to back 2-seamers against Joc Pederson. After nailing the inside corner, Pederson had no chance on this one that fading away (and apaprently up) on him.
GIF Of The Night
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Where’s Ottavino’s Fastball?
it got added this morning