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 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 Castillo’s Changeup – Maikel Franco had zero chance on this one. Castillo rode this changeup beautifully right in on Franco who was unable to check his swing. This pitch wasn’t even a strike but with that movement it didn’t need to be.
Zack Wheeler’s Slider – The beauty of this pitch is that is was never going to be a strike. Wheeler threw 20 slider and got whiffs on 8 of them.
James Paxton’s Cutter – Paxton’s cutter had huge movement, starting over the plate and ended up unhittable for Escobar.
James Shields‘ Curveball – It’s okay. Most people would buckle like that after this gorgeous curve. Shields start this one right over the heart of the plate and then the ball is like “just kidding – Imma dive into the dirt off the inside corner”. Excellent.
Raisel Iglesias‘ Changeup – Iglesias has brilliant late movement on this changeup – down and away to generate a swing and miss. Filthy.
Josh Hader’s Slider – Hader’s big slider broke what looked like several feet, forcing a lazy attempt at a swing.
Hector Neris’ Splitter – Neris’ strikeout to end the ninth was just plain ridiculous. Nose to toes on this splitter – a great way to head to extra innings.
GIF Of The Night
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