The Nastiest 16 Pitches GIFs of the First Half of 2019—Semifinals

The first half of 2019 was a big one for pitchers. Mike Fiers threw another no-hitter, and other pitchers are starting to come to full form. Most importantly, some absurd GIFs emerged in the first half. So ridiculous that the list of honorable mentions from this half probably would have made most other tournaments in the past. Now it’s time to crown the best pitching GIF of them all from the first three and a half months of the season.

The best 16 have been pulled aside and ranked. The field was whittled down to eight following Tuesday’s round. Yesterday, we brought that total down to four. Now it’s on you, the voter, to decide which stands above the rest.

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the first half of 2019 (All-Star Game does not count!).
  • You can only vote on a matchup once, so make sure you pick the one you absolutely want.
  • Voting will continue until 12:00 a.m. EDT the following morning. This is the semi-final round.

 

 

Here are the results from Round 1:

 

American Bracket

 

1. Chaz Roe’s Slider defeated 8. Jordan Hicks’ Slider
7. Jose Alvarado’s Two-Seamer defeated 2. Jordan Hicks’ Fastball
3. Adam Ottavino’s Two-Seamer defeated 6. Aaron Nola’s Two-Seamer
4. Kyle Hendricks’ Changeup defeated 5. Kyle Crick’s Slider

 

National Bracket

 

1. Luis Castillo’s Two-Seamer defeated 8. Yonny Chirinos’ Two-Seamer
2. Yu Darvish’s Slider defeated 7. Luis Castillo’s Changeup
6. Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball defeated 3. Chris Sale’s Slider
5. Justin Verlander’s Fastball defeated 4. Framber Valdez’s Sinker 

 

Here are the quarterfinal results:

 

American Bracket

 

1. Chaz Roe’s Slider defeated 4. Kyle Hendricks’ Changeup
7. Jose Alvarado’s Two-Seamer defeated 3. Adam Ottavino’s Two-Seamer

 

National Bracket

 

1. Luis Castillo’s Two-Seamer defeated 5. Justin Verlander’s Fastball
2. Yu Darvish’s Slider defeated 6. Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball

 

And here are the semifinal matchups:

American Bracket

 

1. Chaz Roe’s Slider vs. 7. Jose Alvarado’s Two-Seamer

 

National Bracket

 

1. Luis Castillo’s Two-Seamer vs. 2. Yu Darvish’s Slider

 

Watch the GIFs in the Links Below!

 

Graphic by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)

Donny Moskovits

I currently study Financial Mathematics at Baruch College and I'm a die hard Mets fan. I write nastiest pitches articles here at Pitcher List, and I'm always up to talk and/or watch baseball no matter what time of the day.

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