The Nastiest 16 Pitching GIFs of April 2019 — Semi-Finals

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. Three-quarters of the original field are gone. Only the real heavy hitters are left.

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. EST the following morning. This is the third round.

 

Here are the results from Round 1:

 

American Bracket

 

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

 

National Bracket

 

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:

 

American Bracket

 

1. Jordan Hicks’ Slider defeated 4. Jorge Lopez’s Two-Seam Fastball
2. Jose Alvarado’s Sinker defeated Max Fried Curveball’s

 

National Bracket

 

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 matchups for Round 3:

 

American Bracket

 

1. Jordan Hicks’ Slider vs. 2. Jose Alvarado’s Sinker

 

National Bracket

 

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

 

 

Watch the GIFs in the Links Below!

Nick Friar

Nick pitched at Northwestern University from 2011-14. He firmly believes the answer to every count and situation is a changeup — probably because he only topped out at 91. Nick runs the GIF Tournaments at Pitcher List. If you see a pitch that deserves recognition, let him know on Twitter @Nick_Friar. Maybe give him a follow, too? Or not. Actually, "not" might be the right answer here.

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