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.
Kyle Crick’s Slider
Kyle Crick just continues to deal with his insane slider that can make any hitter in baseball look absolutely foolish. Yesterday, it was more of the same from Crick, who used the disgusting breaking ball to strikeout two Marlins hitters over 1.2 innings, including this filthy pitch that runs away from the strike zone.
Felipe Vazquez’s Slider
Crick isn’t the only Pirates reliever who has himself a great slider. Felipe Vazquez closed out the game yesterday for the Pirates, and he too had a pretty breaking ball to show off. This time however, the pitch ran in and jammed the Marlins’ hitter, Yadiel Rivera, to notch a K in the line score.
Adam Ottavino’s Fastball
Adam Ottavino executed his two-seam fastball to perfection yesterday, notching himself a hitless inning on the scorecard en route to a 10-3 Yankees win. Ottavino threw the pitch 8 out of 11 times in that inning, which included this nasty two-seamer that breaks off the outside part of the plate to fan Leury Garcia.
Trevor Bauer’s Slider
Trevor Bauer mowed down Tiger after Tiger yesterday as he got himself his first complete-game shutout of his career. Bauer struck out eight Tigers, with the nastiest strikeout being this slider, his 117th pitch of the game that finished off the Indians’ division rival.
Austin Adams‘ Slider
Austin Adams owes most of his big league success to his lethal slider. He used it on all three of his strikeouts yesterday against the Athletics, with the nastiest offering being his first strikeout, a breaking ball to Matt Olson that hit 91 on the radar.
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s Curveball
It was another unreal night from Hyun-Jin Ryu, who somehow lowered his ERA to an astounding 1.26! Ryu was dealing all night, striking out eight Cubs hitters over seven innings, while allowing only two unearned runs. Although it’s his least-utilized pitch, Ryu was still able to get a strikeout with his curveball against Addison Russell, who had no chance on this pitch that just drops out on him.
James Paxton’s Cutter
James Paxton went six strong innings yesterday, as he struck out seven batters and notched himself his fourth win of the season. Paxton relied heavily on his cutter for this one using it on four of his seven strikeouts, including this pitch that drops out of the zone to miss Eloy Jimenez’s bat (shoutout to PitcherList supporter and Discord member Shafiq for the tip on this one).
GIF of the Night
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