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 First 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.
Tanner Scheppers‘ Curveball – There are times that we question if the reaction makes the pitch and if it should be featured in the Roundup. Fortunately, this time we have a great Curveball from Scheppers that is made even better by Jose Bautista’s poor attempt to make contact. (Thanks to Redditor iDrinan for the tip!)
Corey Kluber’s Slider – We’ve seen a ton of breaking balls from Kluber, but paired with Baltimore’s top tier camera angle for RHP, we got the perfect look at the unbelievable pitch Monday night. This pitch might be my favorite GIF of the incredible Slider that we’ve ever made. Its sudden break is just absurd.
Clayton Kershaw’s Fastball – I often get asked why Kershaw is the best pitcher on the planet. Fastballs like this one to Gavin Cecchini where Grandal’s glove doesn’t move is what makes him so special. Plenty others have great command or a superb breaking ball, but Kershaw is able to setup everything by hitting this glove every time he wants to. This GIF is a dream to watch over and over.
Matt Garza’s Curveball – It’s not often that you’ll see Garza in these roundups, but we couldn’t leave off this heavy breaking ball that induced one of the worst swings you will ever see from Josh Bell. Notice how he’s holding the bat with just one hand during this failed effort to survive the at-bat.
Raisel Iglesias‘ Slider – We have a pair of excellent pitches to complete games last night, first with Iglesias throwing a front-door Slider that traveled a ton to freeze Daniel Robertson and seal the game for the Reds. When you see a pitch that far outside stun a hitter, you know it’s filthy.
Edwin Diaz’s Fastball – On the other side of the coin you have Diaz dialing it up to triple digits as he located this 0-2 Fastball on the inside corner. Nothing quite like watching your team lose in a blink of an eye.
Johnny Cueto’s Cutter – Cueto has had a rocky start to the season, but he looked in control against the Braves Monday evening. He earned his first strikeout of the game by quick pitching Matt Kemp with a great Cutter that swept far across the plate.
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.