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 and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half. 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.
Congrats to Lucas Giolito‘s Curveball for winning GIF of the Week! He has a nasty hook we’ll be enjoying for years to come.
Seth Lugo‘s Curveball – It’s often fun to watch batters whiff on pitches that ultimately hit them, and this Lugo Curveball fooled Anthony Rizzo badly, making the Cubs’ 10-2 loss just a little more painful. (Thanks to Redditors rusticate, Ryuuken1789, and greybro for the tips!)
Chris Archer‘s Slider – It was Archer’s best performance of the year against the Tigers as he racked up 10 Ks in 5.2 innings. His fourth came on this unreal Slider to Steven Moya to lead off the second inning.
Stephen Strasburg‘s Curveball – Strasburg left Sunday’s game in the seventh inning with 109 pitches, despite holding a no-hitter intact. Watching this filthy hook to Billy Hamilton should explain his dominance on the hill.
Bryan Holaday’s Knuckleball – There were plenty of position players getting their chance to take the hill this weekend, and this Holaday pitch to Eduardo Nunez was far and away the best to represent the crew. (Thanks to Redditors tallrangerfan and Gyro88 for the tip!)
Matt Bush’s Fastball – Bush has been electric inside the Rangers’ pen, and even though this pitch is a ball, it’s crazy good movement at 98 mph warrants a second look. Or ten. (Thanks to Redditor swissflamdrag for the tip!)
Chris Sale‘s Slider – While 4 ER isn’t typical Sale, nine strikeouts in a given outing sure is. His best may have been this slide piece to Carlos Gomez, who may be more a regular member of these roundups than we’d like, yet we can’t see a reason to omit this valiant attempt.
Dellin Betances’ Curveball – It was a close match in San Diego on Saturday as the Yankees relied on their bullpen to hold the tie in the deeper innings. While Betances wasn’t able to prevent Nova’s inherited runner from scoring, he still struck out former teammate Yangervis Solarte with this beautiful deuce that hit Solarte’s foot. (Thanks to Redditor Colossal89 for the tip!)
Bartolo Colon‘s Fastball – The Big Apple did his thing against the Cubs over the weekend, using his Fastball to stun batters like Anthony Rizzo with its incredible horizontal movement.
GIF Of The Weekend
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Half contest.