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.
[gfycat data_id=”QuaintOddballGhostshrimp” data_controls=false data_title=false]
Noah Syndergaard’s Sliders – There are few pitches quite as devastating as a slider in on the hands. When that slider is 93 miles per hour and belongs to a guy like Syndergaard, who also possesses a 100 mile per hour heater, well there’s a reason it sits atop our Nastiest Pitches from Opening Day.
[gfycat data_id=”UnlawfulJubilantGyrfalcon” data_controls=false data_title=false]
Jeremy Jeffress’ Fastball – Jeffress came ready to deal on Opening Day, earning the win in two solid innings of work. He had multiple nasty sinkers on the night, including this one that swept across the zone and well away from the bat of Austin Hedges.
[gfycat data_id=”VictoriousDelayedHyracotherium” data_controls=false data_title=false]
Chris Sale’s Slider – Baseball is back, and with it comes Chris Sale’s sweeping, devastating slider. It’s hard to know who to feel worse for, poor Carlos Gomez at the plate or Christian Vazquez behind it.
[gfycat data_id=”ScrawnyBossyCoypu” data_controls=false data_title=false]
Noe Ramirez’s Changeup – Ramirez was an unheralded pickup by the Angels this offseason, claimed off waivers from the Red Sox. Check out this change-up that completely bamboozles Boog Powell, leaving him way back on his heels. More pitches like this and Ramirez will find himself in a high leverage role in LA.
[gfycat data_id=”PowerlessWeakGoa” data_controls=false data_title=false]
Aaron Nola’s Slider – You didn’t think we’d skip a chance to talk about Aaron Nola did you? Check out this slider buried in the dirt at Ozzie Albies’ back foot. By the time he starts his swing, it’s too late.
[gfycat data_id=”MadSlowAssassinbug” data_controls=false data_title=false]
Luis Severino’s Slider – Luis Severino is back and ready to build off a very strong 2017 campaign. Nasty sliders like this 87 mph offering to Kevin Pillar should keep him on the right track in 2018.
[gfycat data_id=”SomberWildBlackfly” data_controls=false data_title=false]
Corey Kluber’s Fastball – Kluber looked in midseason form on Opening Night, tossing eight strong against the Mariners with eight K’s and one walk. This Kyle Seager strikeout featured a particularly runny two-seam heater, a Kluber specialty. (Thanks to Redditor No32 for the tip!)
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Half Contest.
I love Jeffress’ pitch because of the humor behind it. Him strutting away knowing he just threw a nasty heater, and look at the catcher after he catches it xD, Austin Hedges looks back like “Where tf is the ball?” and the catcher’s just like “Right here buddy” holding it. Too funny.
Kluber isn’t a choice in the poll!
Shoot – we had some technical issues with the poll so I’m sure that’s why. I’ll talk to Nick – thanks!
How the heck is Sevy in last place here?
Jeffress wins for the strut.