The Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs of 2018

There were some ridiculous pitches throughout the baseball season, and you’ve been voting every day for your favorite pitches. We held the Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the First Quarter, Second Quarter, Third Quarter and Fourth Quarter tournaments, now it’s time to crown season’s King of pitching GIFs with the Nastiest Pitching GIFs of 2018. Thirty-two pitches have a shot, but only one will win. (No ties, this isn’t soccer.)

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the quarterly GIF tournaments from the season.
  • Votes will last until 12:00 a.m. EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 9:00 a.m. every morning and final round beginning on Friday morning.

Here are the matchups for Round #1:


American Bracket

Blake Treinen’s Fastball #1 vs. Blake Treinen’s Fastball #2
Blake Treinen’s Slider #1 vs. Blake Treinen’s Slider #2
Seth Lugo’s Fastball vs. Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball
Fernando Rodney’s Fastball vs. Trevor Bauer’s Slider
Adam Ottavino’s Slider #1 vs. Adam Ottavino’s Slider #2
Jordan Hicks’ Fastball vs. Justin Verlander’s Curveball
Chris Archer’s Slider vs. David Robertson’s Curveball
Aaron Nola’s Fastball vs. Dylan Floro’s Fastball


National Bracket

Chris Sale’s Fastball vs. Steven Wright’s Knuckleball
Chris Sale’s Slider #1 vs. Chris Sale’s Slider #2
Masahiro Tanaka’s Fastball vs. Dylan Maples’ Slider
Jose Alvarado’s Fastball vs. Lance McCullers’ Fastball
Jose Berrios’ Curveball vs. Zach Britton’s Fastball
Jakob Junis’ Slider vs. Miles Mikolas’ Curveball
Chaz Roe’s Slider #1 vs.Chaz Roe’s Slider #2
Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball #1 vs. Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball #2

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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