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Max Scherzer’s Slider + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs from Wednesday’s Games

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...

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 @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

Max Scherzer’s Slider – It was almost a historic night for Scherzer, with his no-hit bid broken up in the eighth inning. It was business as usual otherwise, racking up double digit strikeouts for yet another game and making future hall-of-famer Ichiro Suzuki fall to his feet trying to hit this ridiculous Slider. (Thanks to Redditor Casey789 for the tip!)

Carlos Carrasco’s Fastball – Carrasco did his part against the Orioles in Camden, fanning ten batters without allowing a single ER. He ended his first frame with a well spotted heater on the corner that just had enough ride on it to nip the corner to Adam Jones.

Kevin Gausman’s Changeup – 2017 has not been kind of Gausman, though he showed some life against the Indians as he struck out nine batters. His Split-Changeup was misses bats all over the place and had incredible fading action to get Jason Kipnis in the opening frame.

James Paxton’s Curveball – Those worried Paxton was losing his edge were excited to see his velocity jump back to normal 96mph+ levels yesterday. When ahead in counts, Paxton loves his Curveball and threw a mighty good one to Mikie Mahtook with a boatload of movement.

Andrew Miller’s Slider – In case you forgot, Miller is still really really good. It’s his wipeout Slider that makes him so deadly and watching the pitch bend from one batter’s box to another is all the evidence you need.

Jeff Samardzija’s Cutter – With this Samardzija pitch, there isn’t the aggressive movement we’ve seen elsewhere that will dazzle. However, the subtle late movement here that helps the pitch barely touch the outside edge is just so satisfying to watch.

Jose Berrios’ Curveball – Berrios has been racking up the strikeouts during his time in the majors with his gorgeous Curveball continuing to confound hitters. Check out how far this ball breaks at it dives off the outside corner to Tim Anderson.

GIF Of The Night

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Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

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