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 – Holy Toledo Thor, this pitch is nasty. In his first start back from hand, foot and mouth disease, Syndergaard pitched seven innings of three-run ball against the Nationals. He wasn’t his sharpest self, but this Changeup is a piece of art.
Rich Hill’s Curveball – Rich Hill is absolutely my favorite pitcher to watch. It’s great to see him rounding into form this time of year as illustrated by this dropdown Curve that makes the hot-hitting Christian Yelich look foolish.
Jakob Junis’ Slider- Junis has continued to struggle after looking like a somewhat reliable fantasy option early on in the season, but the movement on this Slider to Yolmer Sánchez is crazy. He actually hits him with the pitch on strike three.
Sean Manaea’s Changeup – Manaea racked up five strikeouts on the day in six innings of work against Toronto to capture his tenth win of the season. Manaea continues to be a steady force in a patchwork A’s rotation, and this 2-2 Changeup to Brandon Drury puts one of his weapons on display.
Marcus Stroman’s Curveball – I’m naturally drawn to any Matt Olson at bat, cause I love how he extends his arms over the entirety of home plate, but this pitch from Marcus Stroman got my complete attention this time. This slow hook has Olson waving at nothing.
Carlos Carrasco’s Changeup – This Carrasco Changeup to Eddie Rosario is just unfair. Carrasco made easy work of the Minnesota Twins, going 7 1/3 with ten strikeouts, no walks, and no earned runs on the day. The man has been dealing.
Corey Knebel’s Fastball – Big spot here, as Manny Machado is trying to walk it off to kick off the Mannywood 2.0 Era in Los Angeles. Knebel spoils the moment with a perfectly executed 99 MPH heater up and in to send the game into extras.
GIF Of The Night
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