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.
Stephen Strasburg‘s Changeup – There were plenty of pitches to choose from during Strasburg’s excellent outing against the Marlins, but it was this Changeup that had us in fits. J.T. Realmuto didn’t stand a chance.
Drew Smyly‘s Curveball – Smyly was dazzling as he recorded 11 strikeouts against the Red Sox on Tuesday, and he got his first of the day fanning Mookie Betts with this crazy good hook that made the young outfielder lose his bat. (Thanks to Redditor Peter_St for the tip!)
Yordano Ventura‘s Fastball – The movement Yordano gets on this pitch is absurd. At 96 MPH, this Fastball starts looking like a strike on the outside corner before falling off the table and into the dirt. Absolute filth. (Thanks to Redditor RM_Getaway for the tip!)
Roberto Osuna’s Changeup – This Changeup from Osuna might not look like much, but it’s major speed differential and location is superb, forcing Matt Wieters to swing way too early and watch the ball fall into the mitt. Thanks to Redditor ApocAngel87 for the tip!)
Sam Dyson’s Slider – Dyson had himself an incredible inning shutting down the Astro bats, and his Slider was simply on. He had a fun time taking down Carlos Gomez, inducing an amusing flail as he spun this sweet slide piece for strike three. (Thanks to Redditor swissflamdrag for the tip!)
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Half contest.