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 @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Kevin Gausman’s Splitter – Gausman had his best game of the season against the Nationals’ strong offense, fanning eight batters in seven frames. His first came against slugger Bryce Harper with his signature Splitter that elegantly fell along the outside corner and off the plate.
Joe Smith’s Fastball – It’s the second day in a row we’re featuring Smith, and he deserves it. Check out the fantastic late action he gets on his Fastball as Jose Ramirez is left speechless at the plate. (Thanks to Redditor Flerpinator for the tip!)
Trevor Cahill’s Changeup + Fastball – Cahill continues to rack up the strikeouts and left Monday’s outing with seven more to his name. He’s doing it with great movement and finesse, like in this at-bat to Shin-Soo Choo. First, he places a 2-1 Changeup just off the outside corner to induce a whiff, then follows it up with Two-Seamer that just has enough run to snipe the inside corner. This is how you pitch.
Masahiro Tanaka’s Fastball – The Yankees visited Cincinnati and made easy work of the hosting Reds. Tanaka earned a Quality Start over seven innings and collected one of his six strikeouts with this sweet riding Fastball that froze Billy Hamilton. (Thanks to Redditor BobaFett313 for the tip!)
Jacob deGrom’s Changeup – Monday night saw deGrom’s fourth 10+ strikeout evening of 2017 as the Mets hosted San Francisco. His Changeup was on point through the night and this offering to Brandon Belt exhibited just how nasty it was.
Brad Hand’s Sliders – Hand came in to clean up Cahill’s mess and got the job done. His first batter was Joey Gallo, who didn’t take the bat off his shoulders, while flinching on three straight Sliders that all bent back over the plate for called strikes. Yes, those are three different pitches in that GIF. (Thanks to @MaxEPo for the tip!)
Carlos Martinez’s Fastball – CarMart had his fun against the Marlins, adding another Win to his name and punching out seven along the way. He was dotting his Fastball constantly through the outing, like this 99mph heater with late life to stun Derek Dietrich.
GIF Of The Night
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