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 Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Luis Severino‘s Fastball – As warranted as the speculation is that Severino may not be the favorite to start a wild card game for the Yankees due to recent struggles, you look at pitches like this and it makes you consider what this man can do to opposing batters when he’s firing on all cylinders.
Gerrit Cole‘s Slider – Cole didn’t have the kind of start you’d expect of him against a weak Detroit Tigers offense, only pitching five innings of two-run ball with four walks, but he still had the strikeout stuff working. He fanned nine batters including this nasty backfooter to Christian Stewart.
Blake Snell‘s Curveball – Blake “Barely an All-Star” Snell threw six no-hit innings, before Jose Ramirez tagged him with a solo shot in the seventh. Snell lowered his ERA to 2.03 on the year while getting his nineteenth win of this season, and you can see here that the curveball was working.
Stephen Strasburg‘s Changeup – What a night for Stras, as he outdueled Aaron Nola at Citizens Bank. Strasburg pitched seven strong innings giving up one earned run while striking out nine and walking none. This was an encouraging start, since things have not been going his way since the beginning of June.
Patrick Corbin‘s Slider – Corbin’s slider is one of the trademark pitches in baseball, and he used it on the 0-1 and 0-2 count here to fan Charlie Blackmon on three pitches. Corbin gave up three earned in 6 1/3 innings at Coors Field in a no-decision.
David Price‘s Changeup – We can now dispel the “David Price is washed” narrative, as he has just been locked in the second half of the season. This beautiful changeup to Kendrys Morales works perfectly and he racks up seven of them in seven clean innings of work.
Carlos Carrasco‘s Slider – In the first standoff between these two juggernauts, Ji-Man Choi took Carrasco deep on a first-pitch fastball. The second time around, Carrasco was able to show him the complete arsenal including this nasty slider that prevents Choi from blowing this game open.
GIF Of The Night
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