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.
Marcus Stroman’s Changeup – Stroman sat down a season-high 13 batters Monday against the Astros. Even slugger Carlos Correa couldn’t avoid the K on this filthy Changeup that backed up onto the corner. And yes, this is in fact a strike.
Doug Fister’s Curveball – Fister might be a little inconsistent, but when Good Doug shows up like he did Monday against Toronto, it’s a beautiful thing. Just look at the vertical drop on this Curveball that totally fools Devon Travis.
James Paxton’s Cutter – Paxton went eight innings with only one earned run Monday, but got stuck with a no-decision against the Red Sox. The silver lining here was six strikeouts, including this perfectly executed Cutter that slipped in under the hands of Bryce Brentz for the K.
Danny Duffy’s Curveball – Duffy was absolutely dominant Monday, setting a new career high with 16 strikeouts. He had total command of his pitches, which he demonstrated clearly with this Curveball that induces a big whiff from Evan Longoria.
Danny Duffy’s Changeup – We don’t normally feature two pitches from the same player on the same day, but it’s hard to say no when a starter is dealing as much as Duffy. We just couldn’t resist making a GIF for this Changeup that dipped low and away on Steven Souza Jr./strong>.
Chris Archer’s Slider – It’s a pretty safe bet to say that if Archer’s name is in this article, it’s because we’re featuring his world-class Slider. Today is no different as we look at this ridiculous pitch that carved up Lorenzo Cain for the strikeout.
Mark Melancon’s Curveball – Melancon wasted no time Monday, closing out his Nationals debut with two strikeouts. His first K in a Washington uniform came on this nasty Curveball that fell off the table underneath the bat of Yasmany Tomas.
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.