Luis Castillo’s Changeup and the Nastiest Pitches from 6/11
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.
Luis Castillo’s Changeup
It was another great performance for Luis Castillo last night, as he sat down six batters over six innings, while allowing only one run. His changeup continues to be one of the best in the game (8.4 pVAL), and he showed us that last night with this nasty pitch that Tyler Naquin never had a shot at hitting.
Kyle Crick’s Slider
Boy, oh boy, Kyle Crick’s slider is truly something to behold. Perhaps the nastiest pitch in baseball these days, Crick’s slider moves like no other, bending and breaking into the zone to catch Matt Joyce looking as the Pirates reliever finished up a scoreless inning.
Masahiro Tanaka’s Slider
In yesterday’s first of two Subway Series matchups, it was all about the offense, as the two New York teams combined for 17 runs. However, the pitching also gets a small shoutout thanks to this filthy back-foot slider from Masahiro Tanaka that put Dominic Smith in a full-on spin cycle.
Trevor Bauer’s Curveball
Caught in a fourth-inning jam, Trevor Bauer was not about to let Josh VanMeter ruin his day. The coveted Cleveland arm dealt with a disgusting breaking ball that fooled the Reds outfielder, and he proceeded with a celebratory scream that I could only imagine shattered every eardrum in Progressive Field.
Tyler Beede’s Curveball
It was a quick outing for Tyler Beede, who went just 4.2 innings last night, but the San Francisco pitcher still managed to get in his good share of strikeouts. Beede struck out seven, with his filthiest offering of the night being this curve that sent Ian Kinsler back to the dugout with a K on his stat line.
GIF of the Night
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