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 @PitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Sean Newcomb‘s Curveball – Wow, this thing has some depth to it. Newcomb has had a rough second half of the season, but things seemed to be working last night as he struck out eight in five clean frames, though he had four walks as well.
Jacob deGrom‘s Slider – Try hitting this Charlie Culberson or Dansby Swanson, whoever you claim you are. It doesn’t matter, nobody is touching this slide piece at 92 MPH from the impending Cy Young winner. Nobody.
Shane Bieber‘s Curveball – Bieber fever was working tonight everyone, as he struck out nine batters in six innings of work, allowing only two hits. This Uncle Charlie to Daniel Palka is a beaut, and I’m excited for more of this guy in 2019.
Chaz Roe‘s Slider – I know we feature this lesser-known reliever a lot in the nastiest pitches, but how can you not when the man can manipulate a slider like this one. Scary Gary Sanchez –– who has been anything but scary this year–– can only hop back in disbelief as this thing frisbees into the zone.
Lance McCullers‘ Curveball – Welcome back, Lance. It’s good to see that trademark knuckle curve working in his first inning of action since a lengthy disabled list stint. This one here to Kevin Pillar has him totally out of whack for the strikeout.
Masahiro Tanaka‘s Splitter – Tanaka only made it through four innings on the day, but when his bread and butter pitch is working, it’s a beautiful sight.
Andrew Heaney‘s Curveball – Heaney was a wildly inconsistent pitcher this season, but you have to applaud him for finally putting together a healthy campaign. This curveball to Nomar Mazara shows he has wipeout action and he’s someone to take a hard look at going into 2019.
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the Second Half Contest.