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

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

 

Yu Darvish knocked off Pitcher List poster boy Chaz Roe last round, but he has to take on the pitching GIF world’s new sensation: Luis Castillo. Darvish’s slide-piece might’ve had more moves than Zac Efron in, well . . . he cuts up a rug in pretty much anything he’s in. Point is, Darvish’s slider has some moves. Turns out, so does Eric Hosmer—at least when pressured into it. The San Diego Padres star first baseman breaks out the buckle and twist at the sight of Castillo’s 96-mph fuzz.

 

 

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Which was the better pitch? Vote to decide which pitch advances to the next round!

 

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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