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
Steve Cishek’s Sinker – As if his funky delivery is not enough, Cishek sets down Austin Jackson on this absolutely brutal sinker in a perfectly unhittable location. Cishek got the blown save and the win in this one. Fun times!
Gerrit Cole’s Curveball – Cole looked good all night, earning his 12th win and striking out 8 in the process. This back door knuckle curve had Matt Olson thinking it was ball 4 and instead had him walking back to the dugout.
Brett Anderson’s Changeup – The A’s may have lost the battle of the game, but the battle of this at bat was certainly lost by George Springer who nearly swung right out of his helmet on this nasty changeup.
Mashiro Tanaka’s Splitter – Tanaka walked away with the loss in this one but not before striking out 7 with quote a few whiffs on his trademark disappearing splitter. Tanaka’s splitter generating 25 swings out of 34 pitches with a near 30% whiff rate.
Stephen Stasburg’s Curveball – Strasburg’s curveball is really not fair – especially to left handed hitters like Cesar Hernandez who find it looking like a strike until it dives inside on him at the very end. You might as well miss it, because any contact isn’t going to be good.
Jesse Chavez’s Two-Seamer – This is one heck of a way to finish off a ballgame. Chavez came in to end the Mets, and that he did with this beautiful back down fastball against Austin Jackson who was made to look a fool a few times in that one.
GIF of the Night
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