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.
Patrick Corbin’s Slider
Corbin has been phenomenal since the beginning of last season. He’s been even hotter recently, with a 1.76 ERA and 65 k over his last 51 innings (8 starts). The Nats potential playoff rotation of Scherzer, Stras, Corbin and a rejuvenated Anibal Sanchez seems mighty formidable.
Sonny Gray’s Curveball
Sonny has been up and down this year. It seems like some months he is putting it all together and others, he takes two steps back. This curve has taken multiple steps forward throughout the season, though. It looks sharp and is flummoxing batters like ‘ol Adam Frazier here. (FYI: This was the twelfth pitch of the AB).
Andres Muñoz’s Slider
Another flamethrower new to the Padres 25-man, Andres Munoz brings the heat (averaging over 100mph—the second highest average fastball velocity, only to Jordan Hicks). But the Dads closer-in-waiting brings another weapon to the table: a power slider. He can get erratic at times, but when he is picking his spots, this guy will make 8th innings very difficult for the NL West.
Chris Paddack’s Change
Jeez. This pitch is becoming a Nastiest Pitches mainstay. When Paddack locates this on the outer half it is absolute death on lefties. It comes in harder than your average change and has more depth and run. Not fun for Jace Peterson.
Jon Gray’s Slider
Gray needed some love after dominating the Dodgers over 8 innings (1 ER, 6K). Say what you will about Gray and his ability to be consistently inconsistent—when he catches lightning in a bottle, he is undeniably electric. This was his final pitch of the evening and his second strikeout of Max Muncy.
GIF of the Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below, and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Quarter Contest.