It’s time to crown the first monthly GIF winner of 2019. The first month of the MLB season was filled with a load of impressive pitches that were part of even more pitching performances. But only one among them can be named the best pitch of April.
The best 16 from the first month have been pulled aside and ranked. Now it’s on you, the voter, to decide which stands above the rest. After plenty of blood, sweat and tears, only two pitchers remain. It’s now time for you to vote on who will win the ultimate award any pitcher can receive on a monthly basis.
Here are the rules:
- All GIFs were pulled from the month of April, along with one from Opening Day in March.
- 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 final round.
Here are the results from Round 1:
1. Jordan Hicks’ Slider defeated 8. Jameson Taillon’s Curveball
2. Jose Alvarado’s Sinker defeated 7. Joe Musgrove’s Curveball
3. Max Fried Curveball’s defeated 6. Charlie Morton’s Curveball
4. Jorge Lopez’s Two-Seam Fastball defeated 5. Jeurys Familia’s Sinker
1. Luis Castillo’s Two-Seam Fastball defeated 8. Jordan Lyles’ Curveball
2. Yu Darvish Slider defeated 7. Tyler Glasnow Curveball
3. Chaz Roe’s Slider defeated 6. Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball
4. Trevor Bauer’s Slider defeated 5. Domingo German’s Curveball
Here are the results from Round 2:
1. Jordan Hicks’ Slider defeated 4. Jorge Lopez’s Two-Seam Fastball
2. Jose Alvarado’s Sinker defeated Max Fried Curveball’s
1. Luis Castillo’s Two-Seam Fastball defeated 4. Trevor Bauer’s Slider
2. Yu Darvish’s Slider defeated 3. Chaz Roe’s Slider
Here are the results from Round 3:
2. Jose Alvarado’s Sinker defeated 1. Jordan Hicks’ Slider
1. Luis Castillo’s Two-Seam Fastball defeated 2. Yu Darvish’s Slider
Here is the finals matchup:
1. Luis Castillo’s Two-Seam Fastball vs. 2. Jose Alvarado’s Sinker
Watch the GIFs in the Links Below!
Luis Castillo’s Two-Seam Fastball vs. Jose Alvarado’s Sinker
It took until the semifinals for us to witness our first upset of the tournament. (That’s superior bracketeering if you ask me.) Though, Jose Alvarado‘s sinker might’ve been the best No. 2 seed any of these tournaments have produced. But is his gas enough to steal the crown that’s now Luis Castillo‘s to lose? Something worth considering that even I lose sight of in the course of this tournament: Who would wear the crown better? It’d have to be Alvarado, right? Or is Castillo dripping with so much swag that he’d pull it off perfectly? If you have a hard time picking between the two, that’s definitely something you should consider.
Which was the better pitch? Vote to decide which pitch takes the crown!
The Castillo pitch is far more impressive to me. Given that the camera in San Diego considerably more offset than the one in Tampa Bay and it still looks to have more horizontal movement.
And it moves on one plane. Pretty amazing.