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.
Mychal Givens’ Changeup – Poor Kole Calhoun. He’s struggling to get going offensively this year, and even in a 12-0 Angels route he gets the short end of the stick. Mychal Givens has to deliver this wicked changeup right onto the outside corner. There’s nothing he could have done, that’s just a great pitch.
Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball – Chapman makes another appearance on our list, this time bringing 102 mile per hour cheese with late run to gas Evan Gattis. Nasty.
Lance McCullers’ Curveball – It hasn’t been particularly difficult to strike out Giancarlo Stanton this season, but McCullers made it look super easy with this nasty breaking 87 mile per hour curveball that swept across the zone.
Carlos Carrasco’s Changeup – Carrasco didn’t have a great start on Thursday, but he did manage seven strikeouts. Pitches like this 89 mile per hour changeup that dropped right out of the zone were a big reason why.
Masahiro Tanaka’s Splitter – Tanaka’s splitter has been fooling hitters for years, and this one took a nasty dive last minute on Jose Altuve, giving him no chance to make contact. Woof.
Kelvin Herrera’s Slider – Herrera finished off the Tigers today with a pair of nasty sliders to strike out Jose Iglesias. Evidently Iglesias didn’t like his last swing, as he decided to take another one at Salvador Perez. That’s how you know you’ve been fooled.
GIF Of The Night
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