The Nastiest 16 Pitches GIFs of the First Half of 2019

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. 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 (ASG 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. EST the following morning. This is the first round.


Here are the matchups for Round 1:


American Bracket


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


National Bracket


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


Watch the GIFs in the Links Below!

Graphics 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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