It’s been another exciting week of baseball with many excellent pitches from around the league. You’ve been voting all week, now the top pitches battle for the crown of “Pitching GIF of the Week”. Who will win? 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.
Jake Arrieta‘s Curveball – Arrieta was his normal self in Chicago as he silenced the Giants. For the we-don’t-know-how-many-because-it’s-so-good time, his Curveball deserved a spot in the Roundup as Brandon Belt was sent back to the dugout. (Thanks to both @matt_wells16 and @tejasxb for the tip!)
Aaron Sanchez’s Fastball – He’s been demoted to the pen, but his Fastball is still as luscious as ever. Here he nips the inside corner with a 96 MPH front-door Fastball that left Coco Crisp shaking his head. (Thanks to Reddit users tomstoms and GRiZZY19 for the tip!)
Stephen Strasburg‘s Changeup #1- Strasburg has almost had a lost season in Washington, but came back roaring on Saturday with 12 Ks over seven innings. Charlie Blackmon couldn’t handle this 90 MPH Changeup, and we’re not sure if anyone can.
Stephen Strasburg’s Changeup #2 – Two different Changeups caught readers’ eyes this week, and he struck out a tough batter with this Changeup that bores into Buster Posey’s hip on Thursday night.
Shane Robinson’s Knuckleball – It’s always fun seeing position players get their chance to make magic happen on the mound, and Robinson didn’t disappoint with this beautiful Knuckleball that just caught the outside corner.
Jon Lester‘s Cutter – It’s one of those rare days where we have five different types of pitches featured today, starting with this back-door Cutter from Lester. When he’s dealing, this pitch is at the forefront of his repertoire, and it punched out Khris Davis to escape the fifth inning.
Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball – You may be rolling your eyes to see another Kershaw hook make the list once again, but don’t act like you don’t enjoy it. This was his prettiest bender of the night as he earned strikeout #198 for the season.
Jeurys Familia’s Fastball – The Mets pulled off another victory in New York as Familia came in shut down the Rockies this week. For the second out, he fanned on a 97 MPH Fastball that has no right moving this much. (Thanks to @nv and Reddit user Metsican for the tip!)
GIF Of The Week
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below to crown the winner!