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.
Max Scherzer’s changeup – One of the hardest parts of putting these articles together is picking which Max Scherzer pitch I like best. There were about five different ones I could’ve chosen, but I loved this changeup with its wicked movement—just one of Scherzer’s nine strikeouts yesterday.
Rick Porcello’s fastball – Porcello looked solid against the Washington Nationals yesterday, giving up just two runs in six innings with five strikeouts, including this two-seamer that froze Wilmer Difo.
Anibal Sanchez’s changeup – Sanchez has looked surprisingly not terrible this year and continued his not terribleness yesterday against the New York Yankees, giving up three runs over six innings and striking out four, including this nice changeup to get Aaron Judge.
Diego Castillo’s slider – Castillo struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth against the Miami Marlins to send the game to extra innings. He ended it with this nice slider that caught Cameron Maybin.
Nathan Eovaldi’s splitter – Eovaldi has looked solid lately and continued that yesterday against the Miami Marlins, pitching six innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts, including this nasty splitter to strikeout Justin Bour.
Jakob Junis‘ slider – I’ve been in love with Junis’ slider for quite some time now, and he just keeps giving me reason to fall in more in love with it. Unfortunately, Junis wasn’t able to ride that beautiful pitch to a good start yesterday, as he gave up eight earned runs over 5.1 innings with just two strikeouts against the Cleveland Indians. But hey, that slider is beautiful.
Joe Kelly’s changeup – Kelly earned his 16th hold of the season yesterday against the Nationals despite giving up an earned run in two-thirds of an inning. He did have two strikeouts though, including this changeup to Daniel Murphy that just kept breaking off the plate.
GIF of the Night
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