Kenta Maeda’s Changeup + The Nastiest Pitches from Monday’s Games

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 Playoffs 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.

Kenta Maeda’s Changeup – Kenta Maeda is going to have to excel in high-leverage relief situations if the Dodgers are going to make another run at the World Series. While he got into some trouble in the 8th inning of last night’s game, pitches like this changeup to Johan Camargo show that he’s more than capable.

Rich Hill’s Curveball – Rich Hill struggled with command yesterday issuing five walks, however, he was able to battle to keep the Dodgers in the game early. This 0-2 Curveball to Ronald Acuna Jr. is a thing of beauty.

Nathan Eovaldi’s Fastball – In the biggest start of Nathan Eovaldi‘s career, he was given a pretty wide margin for error early, as the Red Sox climbed out to an insurmountable 10-0 lead. Eovaldi still had it working tonight, as shown by this 100 MPH paint job to Gary Sanchez.

Ryan Madson’s Changeup – A lot of Dodger fans were frustrated by the inclusion of Ryan Madson on the Dodgers’ NLDS roster over Ross Stripling after Madson’s uninspiring regular season showing in Dodger Blue, but his performance in yesterday’s win was pivitol. Madson came in and induced two pop outs to escape Rich Hill‘s jam and the changeup was the savior, as shown here.

Mike Clevinger’s Curveball – Look at Clev channel his inner Rich Hill here with the wicked Uncle Charlie followed by the sweeping leg kick. He’s so dang cool. I’m just bummed we won’t get to see more of him this post-season…sigh.

Collin McHugh’s Slider – The Houston bullpen was the clear achilles heel in 2017, and along with the acquisitions management made to bolster it in 2018, they get Collin McHugh transitioning to the bullpen and doing this to people in 2018. Sometimes things just aren’t fair.

 

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Michael Wexler

Lifelong Dodger fan. Left the famous 2004 Steve Finley walk-off homer game in the ninth inning to clinch the division because his Giants fan cousin was late for work. Would've stayed, but I was nine.

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