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:
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
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:
1. Chaz Roe’s Slider defeated 4. Kyle Hendricks’ Changeup
7. Jose Alvarado’s Two-Seamer defeated 3. Adam Ottavino’s Two-Seamer
And here are the semifinal matchups:
1. Chaz Roe’s Slider vs. 7. Jose Alvarado’s Two-Seamer
Watch the GIFs in the Links Below!
Graphic by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)
- Nastiest Pitches of First Half of 2019
- Chaz Roe's Slider vs. Jose Alvarado's Two-Seamer
- Luis Castillo's Two-Seamer vs. Yu Darvish's Slider