Every morning we review the five best 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 Week”. 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.
Michael Wacha’s Curveball – Sure, he allowed five runs across five innings, but he still managed to fan eight batters in the process, including prime slugger Jose Abreu. This Curveball is reminiscent of injured teammate Adam Wainwright.
Matt Shoemaker’s Splitter – Shoemaker has been a bit questionable through the year, but he had his best outing of the season Tuesday night as he accumulated 10 strikeouts across six innings of work. Watching this Splitter die down and away from Aaron Hicks will make you nod your head approvingly.
Danny Salazar’s Fastball – Salazar often impresses with major heat or a devastating Changeup, but here he gets some solid horizontal action to surprise Ryan Braun and nip the outside edge. For those who don’t believe this pitch was a strike, I present to you Exhibit A.
Brian Johnson’s Curveball – It wasn’t the best of debuts for the Red Sox rookie, but he displayed his Barry Zito-esque Curveball with some impressive results. Jose Altuve could do nothing but watch was Johnson’s hook falls in for strike three.
Nathan Eovaldi’s Splitter – This may not look like an impressive pitch at first glance, but then look at the radar gun. This is a Splitter with solid drop coming in at 92 MPH. Crazy. (Thanks to Reddit user akaSpac3 for the tip!)
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in this weekend’s “GIF of the Week” contest.