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 @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Rich Hill’s Curveball – Hill was back on the mound last night after battling lingering blister issues again, and he showed how good he is when he cans stay off the DL. He is known for his great Curveball, but he throws more than one version of the pitch. For this strikeout pitch to Christian Arroyo, Hill drops his arm angle to get more run than his typical 12-6 bender.
Yu Darvish’s Curveball – Darvish seems to have regained his pre Tommy John strikeout form over the last month. He’s back to using at least 3 plus pitches to put hitters away confidently. This Curveball is a real nose to toes dropper that Max Stassi swings through.
Jerad Eickhoff’s Curveball – Eickhoff has uncharacteristically had trouble with his control this year, but has still been able to strike out hitters as usual. This Curveball brings Rougned Odor to his knee for the swinging K.
Andrew Triggs‘ Curveball – Triggs has made Orioles fans wonder why Dan Duquette gave him away for virtually nothing, and the Athletics are reaping the benefits. This hook to Carlos Ruiz a.k.a. Chooch has great run and depth as it falls out of the zone.
Alex Colome’s Slider – Colome’s Slider is distinct in its dramatic drop as it heads toward the zone without much tilt or run at all. This pitch to Lonnie Chisenhall looks like a Fastball until it’s dramatic drop right before hitting the plate. It almost looks like a Changeup except there’s no fading action, but it’s filthy either way.
Adam Ottavino’s Slider – There are three different types of Sliders from Ottavino’s arm and we find ourselves absolutely loving the Slurve variant, especially when it moves from one side of the plate all the way down to Kennys Vargas‘ ankles. Simply wicked.
GIF Of The Night
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