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.
LaTroy Hawkins‘ Fastball – Technically, this pitch happened on Monday, but we wanted to share it with everyone any way. LaTroy Hawkins is still throwing 96 MPH, and he stunned Miguel Sano with this fantastic comebacker for the strikeout (Thanks to Reddit user stevim for the request!)
Steven Wright’s Knuckleball – It was the best performance of Wright’s young career as he dismantled the Yankee offense Wednesday night, collecting eight strikeouts in as many innings. His Knuckleball was simply on and his best one came against Didi Gregorius in the second inning. Physics is a wild thing.
Adam LaRoche’s Curveball – It was a blowout in last weekend’s ChiSox loss to the visiting Yankees, allowing veteran LaRoche to get a shot on the hill. He even struck out Brendan Ryan and earned his first strike with this 62 MPH “Curveball.”
Max Scherzer’s Fastball – This pitch reminds me of the semi-finalist GIF from Gerrit Cole and this 97 MPH offering just keeps climbing the ladder on Chris Owings.
Ervin Santana’s Changeup – Santana had a tough matchup in Toronto and ultimately got the loss against the Blue Jays’ new ace David Price. He was still able to make some quality pitches like this nasty Changeup to Josh Donaldson that induced some fun antics from the slugger.
Hector Rondon’s Fastball – Rondon has been dominant as the Cubs’ definitive closer, and he shut the door with authority Thursday night against the Giants. Just look at this 99 MPH Fastball move back onto the plate from Brandon Crawford’s hip. Crazy good. (Thanks to Reddit User CooperEarly and @Winner_of_None for the tip!)
Dellin Betances‘ Knuckle-Curve – It’s easy pickings to go with a Betances Curve anytime he’s on the hill, but last night had this special pitch to Who doesn’t love it when a batter jumps in fear to only have the ball sweep back over the plate? (Thanks to @iam_GregF for the tip!)
GIF Of The Week
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below to crown the winner!