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 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.
Congrats to Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball for winning GIF of the Week! It was more of a landslide as expected, earning over 1/3 of all votes, comfortably ahead of David Price’s Slider by 16 points.
Mike Fiers‘ Curveball – It’s no secret Fiers has one of the biggest hooks in the majors, and he flexed it over the weekend against the Athletics. Here he froze Brett Lawrie with this huge Curveball for strike three.
Jon Lester’s Cutter – It wasn’t the sharpest outing of Lester’s 2015 campaign, but he he still accumulated seven strikeouts across six innings of work. Jayson Heyward was left stunned after Lester pinpointed this Cutter from his hip all the way across the plate.
Marcus Stroman’s Fastball – It’s great to see Stroman back in the bigs, and he’s been impressive since returning to the hill. His Fastball has some incredible movement, which he exhibited on this pitch to Jackie Bradley Jr. Friday night. (Thanks to Reddit user tomstoms for the tip!)
Gerrit Cole’s Slider – Cole has had a magical season for the Pirates, holding a 2.64 ERA and 192 strikeouts in 194 innings for Pittsburgh. He earned himself a Win in L.A. Sunday afternoon, and this Slider down-and-in to Chase Utley helped along the way.
Steven Matz’s Curveball – It may not have been the best pitch Matz threw Friday evening, but it’s always entertaining to watch hitters buckle their knees only to be sent back to the dugout moments later. Well, maybe not if you’re Didi Gregorious…
GIF Of The Weekend
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in this weekend’s GIF of the Week contest.