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.
Miles Mikolas’ Curveball – Miles Mikolas showed the world exactly why he was an All-Star on Tuesday, dropping his absolute yo-yo on Leury Garcia for a big strike three.
Justin Verlander’s Slider – I can’t get over how much late run this pitch has. Before you ask, yes, Khris Davis offered at this pitch. Verlander struck out six and didn’t allow an earned run in six innings for the Astros on Tuesday.
Zach Britton’s Sinker – Britton has been a bit up and down since returning from the DL back in June. However, every once in a while he likes to remind us why he is one of the game’s elite. His nasty sinker ran up to 96 miles per hour here, with super late movement to get poor Miguel Andujar flailing wildly.
Corbin Burnes’ Slider – Burnes made his big league debut on Tuesday, coming out of the bullpen for the brew crew. His first big league strikeout was Bryan Holaday on this nasty 88 mile per hour slider that dropped off the face of the earth for strike three. Welcome to the show.
Trevor Bauer’s Fastball – Bauer, like Mikolas, set out to prove he belonged in the All-Star game on Tuesday. He struck out 12 in eight scoreless innings, here fanning Billy Hamilton with a sharp, late breaking two-seamer that just caught the inside corner. Nasty.
Ryne Stanek’s Slider – Stanek was the Rays ‘starter’ on Tuesday, tossing two innings before the rest of the bullpen took over. His explosive 90 mile per hour slider caught the outside part of the plate perfectly on this offering to John Hicks.
Masahiro Tanaka’s Splitter – It was a DLH situation for Tanaka on Tuesday, who gave up three runs in just 4 1/3 innings. He did post five strikeouts still, and got a big whiff from Chris Davis on this nasty split-finger.
Jeremy Jeffress’ Fastball – No fair JJ. 96 with that kind of movement is already basically a cheat code, and then you locate it perfectly on the outside black? That helps explain the 1.02 ERA on the year. Wow.
GIF Of The Night
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