The Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs of 2018 – Round 3

If you watch this Adam Ottavino GIF enough times you’ll see something sticking out of the webbing of his glove. (You only missed it before because this slider is stupid.) Anyways, that thing sticking out is a wand—yes, just like Harry Potter*. At first, you might think this is illegal, but there’s no rule against that in Major League Baseball. Ottavino’s slider going against a Dylan Floro that gave poor Fredy Galvis a sliver of hope. It was legitimately just a sliver. Did you see how he finished that swing? He knew he’d just been punked. At least it wasn’t by Ashton Kutcher. (*There isn’t actually anything sticking out of Ottavino’s glove. Though we still can’t confirm or deny whether or not he uses a wand or any form of wizardry.)

Adam Ottavino’s Slider #2 vs. Dylan Floro’s Fastball

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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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