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 to see if it made it in October’s Nastiest Pitch GIF Tournament. 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.
Noah Syndergaard’s Sinker
Noah Syndergaard ended his season with a flourish by striking out eight of the last 11 hitters he faced. His last pitch of 2019 was this sick sinker that made its way back to the outside black to strike out Dansby Swanson.
Rich Hill’s Curveball
Rich Hill was part of a parade of Dodgers pitchers who got some work on the last day of the season to gear up for the playoffs. Hill started off the game with two strikeouts using his signature curveball. This was the second curveball finisher of the inning, which left Mike Yastrzemski swinging at air.
Carlos Carrasco’s Slider
Carlos Carrasco was ready to be a weapon out of the bullpen for the Indians in the playoffs, but Cleveland fell short of the Wild Card. Carrasco should still be very proud of his return after being diagnosed and treated for cancer earlier in the season. Carrasco’s return is one of the best stories of the 2019 season. Carrasco’s slider is still top of the line, as Adrian Sanchez can attest.
Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball
Aroldis Chapman got in an inning of work yesterday to stay in form going into the playoffs. Chapman was able to finish Shin-Soo Choo with a 100 mph fastball on the black, or maybe a tad off. Nasty either way.
Gerrit Cole’s Changeup
Gerrit Cole finished 2019 strong with another outing of 10 strikeouts or more. Cole primarily used a high fastball to finish Angels hitters yesterday but did get Brian Goodwin with this changeup perfectly placed down in the strike zone. Cole and the Astros’ impressive rotation seem ready for a deep playoff run.
Joe Ross‘ Slider
Joe Ross pitched effectively to end the 2019 season and will be looking to bring that momentum into the Nationals’ bullpen for the playoffs. Ross had his sharp, short slider working yesterday and got Bradley Zimmer to swing through this one.
GIF of the Night
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