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. 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 – Hendricks threw a career-high 117 total pitches Wednesday against the Reds. One of those pitches was this filthy Changeup that slid inside and totally ate up Jose Peraza. (Thanks to Redditor Gyro88 for the tip!)
Jameson Taillon’s Curveball – Taillon bounced back from two disappointing starts to record a quality start against the Mariners Wednesday. He notched six strikeouts on the night, including this K delivered to Robinson Cano via nose-diving Curveball low and away.
James Shields’ Fastball – Shields is finally getting more comfortable in Chicago, now that he has thrown a quality start for his new team. His success Wednesday came with five strikeouts. One of his victims was Eduardo Escobar, who bailed on this inside Fastball.
Nate Karns’ Curveball – In his first outing since being demoted to the bullpen, Karns struck out six batters in two innings. Clearly he came out and took the mound with a vengeance. Just look at this nasty Curveball to Andrew McCutchen that has more than enough sharp break to get the job done.
Yovani Gallardo’s Slider – Gallardo earned his first quality start in six outings Wednesday against the Padres. Along the way, he struck out six, including Matt Kemp, who was clearly upset that he let this well-placed Slider go free.
Kevin Siegrist’s Curveball – Siegrist stayed out of trouble in his one inning of relief work Wednesday, walking one batter but recording no strikeouts. If he had saved this disgusting Curveball for a two-strike count on Eric Hosmer, he would have ended up with at least one K on the night. (Thanks to Redditor DontGiveUpTheDip for the tip!)
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.