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 Second Half. 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.
Kyle Hendricks’ Changeup – The 26-year-old starter is not known for his velocity (his fastball barely reaches 90 mph on average), but who needs speed when you can throw filthy stuff like this Changeup that slides inside on Wilmer Flores?
Jeremy Hellickson’s Curveball – Hellickson had a strong start Wednesday, going eight innings with only one earned run. Along the way, he notched eight strikeouts, one of them resulting from this perfectly placed Curveball low and away on Derek Dietrich.
Carlos Martinez’s Curveball – Martinez is leading the pack in the Cardinals rotation in both ERA and WHIP this season. It’s fun to be the ace, especially when you can fool batters like Wil Myers, who thought for sure he was walking to first until this nasty Curveball ruined his plans.
Edwin Diaz’s Fastball – The Mariners reliever struck out all three batters he faced in his one inning of work Wednesday. One of those victims was Dioner Navarro, who had no chance of catching up to this scorching 100 mph Fastball.
Justin Verlander’s Curveball – Verlander went eight innings and only allowed one run to the Twins Wednesday. He also struck out nine, including Byron Buxton, who got locked up by this inside-edge Curveball.
Carlos Carrasco’s Curveball – Carrasco threw six shutout innings Wednesday against the Royals. He was able to miss bats all day, as Kendrys Morales found out the hard way on this Curveball that dove down into the dirt.
GIF Of The Night
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Christopher Chase Edmunds is a writer for Pitcher List. He is currently working on a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Alabama. He grew up in Birmingham, perfecting the knuckleball in the backyard. He can be found streaming Colorado Rockies games and avoiding any association with the Atlanta Braves.