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 @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Marcus Stroman’s Slider – Stroman has come into his own with his Slider this season, often getting batters to chase this pitch out of the zone for the punchout. Here we have an elegantly placed slide piece that just barely nips the outside corner to ring up Peter Bourjos. A thing of beauty.
Erik Goeddel’s Split-Changeup – As you’re probably aware, Aaron Judge set the all-time record for consecutive games with a strikeout last night against the Mets. What you might not have known was how nasty the pitch was that did him in. Goeddel’s Split-Changeup gets a ton of tumbling action, giving us a bit of sympathy for Judge.
Nick Pivetta’s Curveball – Pivetta had himself a game against against the Padres, racking up eleven strikeouts despite not lasting through six frames. His Curveball was devasting and ended the first inning with a pitch that ate up
Roberto Osuna’s Cutter – Nothing like ending a game with a strikeout, especially with a pitch that gets a good amount of the plate yet induces the batter to yell at the umpire. That’s the kind of filth we’re dealing with were. (Thanks to Redditor BringerofRain93 for the tip!)
Jimmy Nelson’s Fastball – Yes, this pitch isn’t a strike, but I couldn’t help but make a GIF of this pitch as Nelson got a ton of movement at 96mph. This is Britton-esque and that shouldn’t happen.
Jacob Faria’s Slider – Faria hasn’t been as smooth lately as he was to kickstart his MLB career, but he got off on the right foot yesterday as he fanned Jose Bautista with a well located Slider just below the strikezone. This is what you find in your textbook when looking up “where to locate breaking balls.”
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the Second Half Contest.