The Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs of 2018 – Round 3

Honestly, it kind of looks like Blake Treinen and Aroldis Chapman‘s fastball run in the opposite direction. They obviously finish in direct opposite locations, but if they were to actually move in the exact opposite direction, Chapman’s fastball would have to rise. And it kind of looks like it does—which is probably a direct result of watching so many of these GIFS.) That illusion is probably why it blew away Trevor Bauer‘s slider last round. But Chapman doesn’t have an easy matchup in Treinen, a.k.a. “The Most GIFable Pitcher of 2018” (which is a really long nickname). You go back even just five years and no one threw a pitch with that kind of sink at 99 MPH.

Blake Treinen’s Fastball #1 vs. Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball


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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