The 16 Best Sliders of 2019 GIF Tournament — Round 2

If there’s one pitch that looks great regardless of how bad the camera angle is, it’s a slider. It’s also become the go-to breaking ball across the league, especially for relievers.

Although the 2019 season is young there have already been a ton of wipeout sliders. In fact, we’re just sticking with sliders this round. No curves, gas, or pulling the string in this tournament. Sliders only. We started with 16, eight now remain.

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the first two and a half weeks of the season.
  • You can only vote on a matchup once, so make sure you pick the one you absolutely want. No take-backsies (very strict policy).
  • Voting will continue until 12:00 a.m. EST the following morning. This is the second round.

 

Here are the results for Round 1:

 

American Bracket

 

1. Chaz Roe defeated 8. Mike Clevinger
7. Edwin Diaz defeated 2. Anthony DeSclafani
3. Matt Boyd defeated 6. Adam Ottavino
 5. Yusei Kikuchi defeated 4. Caleb Smith

 

National Bracket

 

1. Jordan Hicks defeated 8. Max Scherzer
7. Yu Darvish defeated 2. Dylan Bundy
6. Sean Newcomb defeated 3. Collin McHugh
5. Shane Greene defeated 4. Andrew Miller

 

Here are the matchups for Round 2:

 

American Bracket

 

1. Chaz Roe vs. 5. Yusei Kikuchi
3. Matt Boyd vs. 7. Edwin Diaz

 

National Bracket

 

1. Jordan Hicks vs. 5. Shane Greene
6. Sean Newcomb vs. 7. Yu Darvish

 

 

 

Watch the GIFs in the Links Below!

Nick Friar

Nick pitched at Northwestern University from 2011-14. He firmly believes the answer to every count and situation is a changeup — probably because he only topped out at 91. Nick runs the GIF Tournaments at Pitcher List. If you see a pitch that deserves recognition, let him know on Twitter @Nick_Friar. Maybe give him a follow, too? Or not. Actually, "not" might be the right answer here.

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