Every morning, we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious high-definition 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 Quarter Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList, and we’ll GIF it up and give you a shoutout here in the article.
Nick Pivetta‘s Curveball
Nick Pivetta‘s a name you’ve heard quite a bit if you’ve read and/or listened to Pitcher List for any length of time, and if he keeps throwing pitches like this, you’re going to continue hearing about him. Kepler could have taken a cricket bat up there and still missed like he was trying to catch flies with chopsticks.
Joe Musgrove‘s Slider
Another popular name around these parts, Musgrove put on quite a show with all his offerings in this one, but this slider to Peraza most deserves the Nasty Pitch treatment. The movement here is breathtaking, and even a guy as good at making contact as Peraza couldn’t touch it in their sweetest dreams.
Tyler Glasnow‘s Curveball
Glasnow clearly graduated from the Jose Alvarado School of Freezing Hitters like a Sub-Zero Fatality. Even a guy who’s been around the block as many times as Evan Longoria could only look on dumbfounded.
Jack Flaherty‘s Slider
Even though it was wasted on a pitcher AB, you couldn’t ask for too much more out of a slider than what Flaherty gave us. Perfect placement? Check. Solid velocity? Check. Lots of movement? Check. Flaherty was another guy who had plenty of options today, but this pitch was far too perfect to pass up.
Yusei Kikuchi‘s Slider
Fact: The Mariners made three errors today.
Also Fact: Your defense can’t mess things up for you if the hitter can’t put it in play.
Final Fact: When your slider moves like someone’s standing behind the hitter pulling it by a string, the hitter usually can’t put it in play.
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