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 Second Half Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Raisel Iglesias‘ Slider – Iglesias struck out the side last night, and he started out with a strikeout of reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant. His Slider looks like a Fastball down in the zone for Bryant to drive before the balls breaks sharply and Bryant is left swinging at air.
Chris Archer’s Changeup – Archer’s Slider has been featured multiple times this year, but every once in awhile Archer breaks off a Changeup that makes you wonder why he doesn’t use the Changeup more often. This pitch to Kendry Morales is located perfectly to look like a Fastball on the outside third before fading out of the strike zone.
Patrick Corbin’s Slider – Corbin was one out away from a shutout last night using his Slider to great effect. His Slider has great horizontal movement, and Corbin has really refined his use of the pitch to righties to get the ball underneath their hands. This pitch to Carlos Beltran is a good example, and Beltran couldn’t hold up his swing.
Carlos Carrasco’s Fastball – Carrasco gets great movement on all his pitches, but this Fastball is noteworthy because the ball seems to break upward. High Fastballs are great weapons, and here Max Kepler looks foolish swinging through meekly.
Sam Dyson’s Fastball – Mark Melancon is off the DL and Dyson is looking over his shoulder wondering how long he’ll be closing games. This Fastball gets Cesar Hernandez to suck his gut in before the ball veers onto the inside black to end the game.
Dellin Betances‘ Curveball – The camera angle on this GIF shows just how Dellin gets so many flinches on his great Curveball. The ball looks like a Fastball coming at the hitter’s waist before changing directions and hitting the strike zone. All of that in the mid to upper 80s. Pitches like this make me wonder how anyone gets a hit off Dellin.
GIF Of The Night
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