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.
Max Scherzer‘s Slider – It was a standard Scherzer outing as he racked up 11 strikeouts against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He set the tone early on after sweeping David Peralta off his feet with this sweet inside Slider. (Thanks to Redditors gpgpg and efitz11 for the tips!)
Kevin Gausman‘s Split-Changeup – Gausman cruised through the Rangers lineup, allowing 2 ER in seven frames of work. We got a great look at his Split-Changeup as it punched out Mitch Moreland, featuring beautiful tumble along the outside corner.
Zach Duke’s Slider – Duke was acquired by the Cardinals at the trade deadline and is sure to have satisfied fans after hurling this bender to Tyler Holt in the seventh inning. Talk about lateral movement…
Cole Hamels‘ Curveball – Hamels pitched outside of the horrid camera angle of Arlington Stadium and we got a great look at his breaking ball in Camden Yards. Check it out at it goes from shoulders to shins against Nolan Reimold.
Hisashi Iwakuma‘s Splitter – After coughing up 5 ER to the Cubs last time out, Iwakuma rebounded in a big way, shutting out the Red Sox in seven innings. He got off to a great start, striking out Mookie Betts with this Splitter to earn his first out of the game.
Luis Severino‘s Slider – After being demoted to the minors, Severino is earning his shot back in the rotation after a collection of impressive relief appearances. He showed his true colors as he escaped a tight jam in the seventh, fanning Michael Conforto with this tight 89 mph Slider. (Thanks to Redditor BobaFett313 for the tip!)
Jake Odorizzi‘s Split-Changeup – Normally pitches that hit the dirt so early don’t qualify for this list, but the amount of sharp break on this Split-Changeup from Odorizzi is crazy good. Even when you watch the GIF repeatedly and know it’s coming, the movement is still striking – especially in the slow-motion replay.
GIF Of The Night
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