Stephen Strasburg’s Curveball and the Nastiest Pitches from 6/9
Every morning, we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious high-definition 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 Quarter Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList, and we’ll GIF it up and give you a shoutout here in the article.
Stephen Strasburg’s Curveball
The former first overall pick rebounded nicely after a rough outing against the White Sox, holding the Padres to one run while striking out six over seven innings of work. Even with last outing’s bomb, Stras still owns a 3.36 ERA and 10.8 K/9 on the season and should continue to be just as dominant so long as his heath holds up.
Mike Morin’s Changeup
The Twins as a whole have gotten plenty of publicity with the spectacular season they’re having, but Mike Morin has quietly posted a 1.35 ERA out of the Minnesota bullpen, his great slider and changeup serving him and his team very, very well thus far. The 28-year-old reliever has had a very nondescript career as a whole but is really breaking out this season.
Kelvin Herrera’s Slider
It’s been a rough, rough year for Kelvin Herrera, but at least we can forget about that for a moment with this beautiful slider. Herrera takes a 7.13 ERA into whenever Chicago next deploys him out of the bullpen.
Frankie Montas’ Splitter
A’s fans may still be waiting on Jesus Luzardo to make his MLB debut, but Frankie Montas has done more than enough to tide them over this year. His six-inning, 10-strikeout outing on Sunday against a potent Texas offense lowered his season ERA down to 2.83, good for sixth in the AL.
Aaron Nola’s Curveball
Aaron Nola still hasn’t quite put it all together this year, but at least he’s still giving us some nasty, nasty GIFs. He’s allowed 24 baserunners over his past two outings, which have raised his season ERA to an unsightly 4.58.
Blake Snell’s Curveball
MLB’s best curveball was on display once again Sunday, with Blake Snell allowing just one earned run over six innings of work, striking out seven Red Sox in the process. It was foolish to anticipate Snell repeating his historically dominant 2018 season, but he’s been more than satisfactory for the Rays in 2019, with a 3.50 ERA and 12.25 K/9.
GIF of the Night
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