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Stephen Strasburg’s Curveball + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Thursday’s Games

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...

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 @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

Stephen Strasburg’s Curveball – It was Strasburg’s second start after returning from the DL and he showed us why we missed him so much as he broke Jose Altuve’s back with a gorgeous Curveball. This went from Altuve’s head to the outside corner of the plate. Think about that.

Adam Ottavino’s Slider – When Ottavino is on, it’s pretty to watch. His closed step toward home allows for some wicked movement on his pitches and his Slider…well it does this. Whit Merrifield didn’t have a chance.

Trevor Bauer’s Curveball – While Thursday was a bit of a step back for Bauer overall, his Curveball was on point and led to eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Watch it buckle Eduardo Nunez for the strikeout despite landing in the middle of the plate.

Carlos Martinez’s Slider – CarMart is well known for his fantastic slide piece and flexed its muscle yesterday against the Padres. Check out the late movement it gets to earn the well deserved strikeout.

Jake Arrieta’s Curveball – Arrieta has been on a roll and Thursday was no exception as he ran over the Reds offense. His Curveball earns plenty of whiffs and made a fool of opposing pitcher Sal Romano with this big hook to end the third.

Jose Berrios’ Fastball – Berrios’ final line wasn’t too appealing, but he fanned nine White Sox batters in just over five frames. Both his Fastball and Curveball were as lively as ever, with this front-door Fastball making us giddy. Its movement at a blistering 96mph is crazy good.

Jose Berrios’ Curveball – We don’t like featuring multiple pitches from the same arm in a given day, but this Berrios Curveball was just too filthy to deny. It never stops bending off the plate, forcing a committed Jose Abreu to offer with a weak hack on a pitch feet off the plate.

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Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

  • Nick D says:

    Berrios’ curveball is a freaking whiffleball! Filthy.

  • Matt says:

    Really good day of nasty GIFs

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