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.
Noah Syndergaard’s Changeup – Though he didn’t bring his usual swing-and-miss stuff (seven whiffs, three strikeouts in five innings), Thor returned from the DL after a lengthy layoff and still chucked a few highlight pitches, including this one to Washington’s Matt Adams. All hail the return of the Norse god.
Carlos Martinez’s Cutter – C-Mart lasted just five innings against the Reds on Friday, but he had no troubled confounding Jesse Winker with this inside cutter, as the Cincinnati outfielder found his way to one knee in the process.
Dallas Keuchel’s Changeup – The Astros starter picked up half of his 12 whiffs on his change against the Tigers, and Niko Goodrum found out firsthand how nasty it looked at times. Keuchel only had four strikeouts, but he didn’t allow a run in six innings.
Anibal Sanchez’s Splitter – The 34-year-old may be an afterthought these days, but he picked up six strikeouts in six innings to keep his ERA under 3.00 on the year. Here, Arizona’s Jake Lamb couldn’t get to this darting splitter for the second-inning K.
Heath Fillmyer’s Slider – The Royals reliever popped Omar Narvaez’s top with this inside slide piece for the fourth-inning swing-and-miss. Gotta love a good helmet-tipper.
Brad Peacock’s Slider – Peacock induced three whiffs on his eight sliders thrown against the Tigers, including this sweeping breaker to John Hicks for the eighth-inning K.
GIF of the Night
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